How to Sell a Car Without a Title
Selling a vehicle is hardly a stress-free activity. Determining your car’s value, prepping the vehicle for beauty shots, posting an ad, receiving low-ball estimates from dealerships and resellers, and meeting with potential buyers takes up time and requires patience. Then, when you finally make the sale, it’s not as simple as just handing off the keys.
As with many things in life, there is paperwork. And perhaps the most important one regarding a vehicle is its certificate of title, colloquially known as the car title or pink slip. This is a legal document that establishes ownership of the vehicle. If leasing or financing a car, you will not see this document. Only when a vehicle is purchased does a car title materialize.
There are four types of car titles, of which their descriptors are self-explanatory: Clean, Clear, Salvage, and Rebuilt/Reconstituted. And although versions vary from state to state, the basic information listed remains the same:
Vehicle: make, model, body style, color, manufacturing year, vehicle identification number
Specifications: mileage at the time of purchase, license plate number
Owner: purchaser name, address, date of issue
But what happens if you’ve misplaced, damaged, or destroyed (thanks, Fido) the car title? Can you still sell your vehicle without a car title? The short answer is yes. The long answer is below.