Does being the registered owner give you any rights over a car?

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Does being the registered owner give you any rights over a car?

I’m 17 and my father paid for a car for me; I registered it in my own name. However, he took it away because he gave up on being a father. So can I legally take the car when I turn 18? The car was bought privately and paid for in cash and cashiers check. I personally took the car to the DMV and had it registered in my name.

Asked on April 29, 2012 under Bankruptcy Law, California

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Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

If the car that you are writing about is registered in your name, it is legally your car and no one else's under the eyes of the law from what you have written. Whether you are a minor or not, since the vehicle that you have written about is yours and registered as such, you are entitled to its physical possession immediately.


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