|Originally posted by Dylpro:|
The only issue I have with owners selling cars without titles is that it is SO easy to get a duplicate title. The owner literally goes to the DMV gives them ID and so long as the title was indeed registered to them they order a new title. It's not hard and if an owner isn't willing to do that, there's a reason, and buying that car with no title is certainly getting yourself into more trouble than it's worth.
It all depends on where you are located. Other extremes which I have first-hand experience with are as follows:
Vermont, anything over 15 years they will not issue a title PERIOD. Doesn't matter how much you beg or plead, state law is no title issued when a car is purchased that is more than 15 years old. All subsequent owners beyond that are also title-free.
Georgia, Titles are OPTIONAL from 1985 back through about 64. If your car is between those years you aren't required to use a title, and can buy one for additional expense and fees assuming the car currently has one. BUT, once an owner decides not to pay extra for a title, from then on they will never go back an issue one again for future owners. Those are bill-of-sale only cars at that point, which here also allows you to register and insure the car.
Every state is different. Could be NC adopts a method closer to what GA and Vermont do...
[This message has been edited by KennyC (edited 06-29-2015).]