Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: San Juan Capistrano
...it is also registered in California, has CA license plates ... BUT the car does not have a California Title.
I'm no lawyer or expert on the California DMV. But somehow, the statement above doesn't seem right to me. How can the car be registered in California but not be titled? I really don't think the DMV would allow that.
Is it possible that the seller has dealer plates on it, or has the plates from some other vehicle? I don't know what your relationship is with the seller, but why wouldn't you just assign him the responsibility for obtaining a title? After all, if he can't provide you with a title, he can't guarantee that he is the legal owner of the car.
As Amy wrote, it is possible to obtain a title for a vehicle through the DMV. But before doing it yourself, you had better be sure the car is legally yours.
San Juan Capistrano, CA
'65 Guilia Sprint GT