So when buying a car sight unseen, the seller can just sign the title, leave it in the glove box and I can have a shipper pick up the car? There are a couple of cars about 200 miles away in Ohio that I might go look at and tow back if I like them. Can I just pay the cash, get a bill of sale and signed over title and be on my way?
First off, if someone wants you to do a build have them
buy the car
and have it delivered to your shop to have the work done ....
ship a title with a car ....
buy a car with an open title
Just yesterday - I dealt with:
Guy bought a muscle car thru ebay - not directly - after the auction
Guy turned around and sold it to a " friend " before he had even paid
for it or took possession of it.
Guy called me acting as the owner trying to arrange transport
to his " friend " he sold the car to on Monday.
Then he called again on Tuesday ....
The current owner where the car sits called me Tuesday asking
" when am I going to pick up the car Wednesday ? ".
After I long phone discussion, things became clear:
A car dealer
bought the muscle car - flipped it before he even
paid for it - tried to have the Seller
make the title out to the
party the car dealer
sold it to ....
Bad idea ....
The current owner would end up closing out a title to someone
he never had any communication with or received any money from.
The current owner has no idea how his car was represented by
the car dealer to this third party.
The current owner received no money from this third party,
so if the third party was unhappy with the car .....
The current owner is up a creek.
I advised the current owner to close out the title
in the name
of the car dealer
and have the car dealer
worry about the
title issue with the person the car dealer
sold it to ...
close out a title when you sell a car, especially to
a buyer out of state.
buy a car with an open title, you never know how many
times the car has been bought and sold before you purchased it.