is it unlawful for a used car dealership to sell a vehicle without a title in the Missouri

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is it unlawful for a used car dealership to sell a vehicle without a title in the Missouri

I purchased a vehicle from a used car lot in Columbia Missouri approximately 6 months ago. Upon signing the paperwork, they advised they would send me a title as soon as they located it within their office, approximately 6 months go by and I have contacted them in reference to this title and they finally state they never had one to provide and had to file for a duplicate title. Is it illegal to sell a vehicle with no valid title?

Asked on May 30, 2018 under Business Law, Missouri

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

Yes, it is illegal. However, if they can provide duplicate title now, there is no harm done and no basis to take legal action: when someone corrects a problem so that you do not suffer any adverse consequences from it, the law does not provide any remedy for a now-meaningless infraction. If they can NOT or never provide title, that would be different: you could rescind the sale (return car, get money back) because they cannot provide you what they were supposed to (title to the car). But if the can fix what is basically a paperwork snafu and get you title, that takes care of the situation.


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