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    Default Bought a Used Car; Title Not in Seller's Name; Title Not Filled Out Correctly

    We bought a used car that turned out to be a lemon. We did everything wrong with this purchase (did not use CarFax, bought as is, didn't have mechanic look it over, etc.).

    Within a few days of purchase, car is now at a repair shop. Repair estimate more than we paid for the car. The seller is not answering our calls, surprise surprise.

    We haven't even had time to transfer the title and reg in our name because it broke down so quickly. The title was not filled out correctly, according to our DMV. We signed it and the seller signed it, but the original owner (who was not there in person) signed it in the wrong spot. They advised us to send a form to the original owner. [Post-sale, the VIN had no reports of the car being stolen]

    The bill of sale was a handwritten note that was not notarized, and neither was it signed by the seller or us (or the person whose name is on the title). Are we still legally responsible for this car? We know this is a lesson learned and consider the car a complete loss. We want to junk it.

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    Default Re: Bought a Used Car; Title Not in Seller's Name; Title Not Filled Out Correctly

    If you purchased a car "as is", then odds are you're stuck. You chose to ignore the instruction to identify your state; laws vary by state. Some states require that a car pass an emissions test to be sold - if you are in such a state and the car was not able to pass an emissions test, that would be a possible way to escape the sale - but we have no way of telling you whether your undisclosed state has such a law.

    If the issue with the title is merely clerical, your remedy is to have the seller properly execute the title. The fact that the seller was using somebody as their agent for the sale does not necessarily affect the validity of the sale.

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    Default Re: Bought a Used Car; Title Not in Seller's Name; Title Not Filled Out Correctly

    time and time again ... take the title w/the owner to dmv to have the title transferred before you pay ...

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