If a seller failed to register a vehicle in his name before he sold it, is there anyway the buyer can get it in her name without the seller being involved?

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If a seller failed to register a vehicle in his name before he sold it, is there anyway the buyer can get it in her name without the seller being involved?

I bought a vehicle from someone who failed to register it in his name before he sold it to me. Is there anyway I can get it in my name without him or do I have to take him to court and/or get a lawyer involved? He won’t return any of my emails and I think he’s changed his phone number and he won’t answer his door, but it has been over a year that I’ve been trying to handle this w/o him but it seems it all comes back to getting him to put it in his name first. Also, I live in one state and believe the vehicle is registered in another (but I also have an address in a third state and I tried registering it there too).

Asked on June 15, 2012 under Business Law, Georgia

Answers:

MD, Member, California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

Who is the previous owner? If you can get that information from the state department of motor vehicles and you can find this original owner and explain what occurred, you can find out whether this initial person sold this vehicle to the person from whom you purchased the vehicle. If so, you can probably get the first person to go ahead and transfer title to you. If this is unsuccessful, then your best bet is to sue for title or for your money back and you return the vehicle.


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