Most Common Car Title Problems Liens, Bill of Sale, Salvage

In the realm of vehicle ownership, securing a car title is a crucial step, but it’s not always a straightforward process. We often encounter similar scenarios, and in this blog post, we aim to address the three most common questions surrounding car titles.

1. No Title, Only a Bill of Sale: What’s the Solution?

A prevalent situation is when individuals purchase a car but fail to obtain the title, relying only on a bill of sale. The immediate hurdle becomes apparent when a trip to the DMV reveals that a bill of sale is insufficient for obtaining a title. In such cases, three primary options are commonly considered:

  • Surety Bond: Acquiring a surety bond involves obtaining a guarantee from a surety company, vouching for the individual’s ownership of the vehicle. Detailed information on this process is available on our website at car
  • Out-of-State Processing: Some choose to navigate the process through another state, often Vermont. By using the bill of sale to obtain an ownership document from Vermont, they then exchange it for a title in their home state.
  • Alternative Methods: Various other methods exist, each with its own set of nuances. To explore these options, visit our website or email us at

2. Dealing with Liens: A Crucial Step for Title Success

Another common inquiry involves removing liens from titles. If a lien is present, obtaining a title becomes a challenging task. The first crucial step is acquiring written confirmation from the lien holder, explicitly stating the lien’s resolution, either through payment or other means. Sending a written request, which we guide you through in dedicated videos, is often more successful than attempting to resolve it over the phone.

3. Salvage, Rebuilt, or Auction Titles: Unraveling the Complexities

For vehicles with salvage, rebuilt, or auction titles (e.g., from Copart or IAA), the road to a regular title is paved with unique challenges. Salvage titles, while potentially redeemable after full repair and inspection, come with lingering designations. On the other hand, titles marked as junk or parts-only are considered irreversible. They serve as indicators that the vehicle is unfit for road use and can only be sold for parts.

Engage in the Conversation: Share Your Experiences

Have you encountered challenges in obtaining a car title? What methods have you found effective, and what pitfalls have you navigated successfully? Your experiences and insights can contribute to a valuable exchange of knowledge. Share your thoughts, questions, or success stories in the comments below, and let’s foster a community that helps each other navigate the complex landscape of car titles.

Stay tuned for more informative content, and we look forward to your active participation in the discussion!

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