TEXAS TITLE FAQs

FINDING THE TIME to research what to do with a wrecked or non-running junk car or truck can be frustrating and time confusing. Busy lives, work schedules and family committments can make it challenging to figure out your next steps and get them done quickly. Then there's the issue of finding the title.  When we move from place to place, paperwork gets lost.

 

AUSTIN JUNK CARS makes getting rid of a junk car or truck EASY! To make life a little simpler and sweeter, here are some answers.  SELLING A CAR IN TEXAS: TITLE FAQs is just for YOU!

  

CAN YOU SELL A CAR WITHOUT A TITLE IN TEXAS?

While you can sell a car without a title, it is a serious risk for the person or company purchasing it. The car legally belongs to the person whose name is on the title, regardless or where its located or who has posession and despite the fact that the owner of record is deceased, incarcerated or just plain forgot about the vehicle or its location.

 

The purchaser could be subject to prosecution for theft because they didnt purchase the vehicle from the owner of record. All you can legally do with a vehicle without a title is cut if in half, trailer it off and sell it for scrap to a recycling center. Legally, you can't part it out in Texas without a title. New owners can't title or register a vehicle without a title. Salvage companies won't buy them or pick them up because the state would fine them or shut them down if these vehicles were found on the property.  Out of state titles are fine. Titles without current registration are no problem. Junk cars without a title can't be legally parted out, registered or re-titled. This is really for your protection.

 

The title protects the owner from unauthorized sales (theft!) It also protects legitimate buyers from buying stolen vehicles or from buying  vehicles with outstanding liens. If there are liens on the title from a bank or a title lending company, the borrower still owes the money even if the vehicle  has been sold to someone else. Technically, the lienholder (bank, dealership,finance company) still owns the vehicle so the sale may not be valid and the buyer is out the money with nothing to show for it. If their are two owners on the title, both owners must sign for a valid, legal transfer. 

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WHAT IF I USED TO HAVE THE TITLE BUT I LOST IT OR JUST CAN'T FIND IT?

If you can't find the paperwork AND the title is in the previosu owners name, you are out of luck.

Re-read CAN YOU SELL A CAR WITHOUT A TITLE IN TEXAS ?

 

If however, the title WAS in your name, youre in luck!

 

Can you wait a month? If so, go online, pay $2 and request one from the DMV.

 

If you need one NOW, go in person to a regional DMV office with the required documents showing ownership, pay less than $6 and get a new one.

 

For Travis and Bastrop counties, the regional office is on 1001 E. PARMER Lane in North Austin. This is located off the east bound service road just south of Parmer, a few blocks east of IH35.

Either way, check out the link below for specifics.http://www.dmv.org/tx-texas/replacing-a-lost-title.php

 

 CAN I SELL THE CAR OR TRUCK THAT WAS ABANDONED ON MY PROPERTY?

In a word, NO.

 

If a car or truck was abandoned for more than 48 hours, you must have the original title signed by the current owner before you can legally sell it. Selling it without a title is considered theft. Track down the current owner through the DMV and ask him/her to sign it over to you.

 

If you want the vehicle removed from your property and you can't find the owner or they won't cooperate, you'll have to get it out to the street and then call the police (311 in the City of Austin) to have it towed off. Unfortunately, you can't sell it.  Nor can you title it in your own name.  The owner (whatever name is on the title currently) still owns the vehicle, regardless of its location. Unless you are the owner of a storage facility or garage where the vehicle was abandoned, you cannot collect storage fees.

 


WHAT ABOUT BONDED TITLES?

Selling a car with a bonded title is no problem. If you have a vehicle without a title and want to sell it, getting a bonded title IS an option. However, the process isn't quick and you MUST meet certain conditions. You must be a Texas resident. The vehicle must have been previously titled in Texas and CANNOT BE JUNKED, ABANDONED, STOLEN or missing any necessary components (frame, body, motor.) You must purchase a surety bond at 1 1/2 times the value of the vehicle should the owner return and assert ownership. For complete details, click on the following link below:
http://www.txdmv.gov/vehicles/titles/bonded.html

 

WHAT ABOUT "NO TITLE NO PROBLEM" OFFERS FROM JUNK CAR BUYERS?

There are junk buyers out there that operate outside the law. No legitimate salvage company will buy a junk vehicle without a title. Some buyers may purchase your vehicle for parts and scrap the metal. Others may get it running again and resell it without a title or have a "buddy" at the DMV that can get a doctored title for it. 

 


With scrap steel at less than $50/ton, many vehicles are not worth the price of the tow let alone paying the seller on top of removal. Scrappers that used to purchase vehicles for cutting in half and trailering to a recycle center are largely gone. Their payoff for many hours of labor preparing and transporting a vehicle for recycling has been radically reduced. Paying the seller means taking a loss.



 



If you want FULL VALUE for your junk car or truck, stay within the law using one of the methods above. This protects you, the buyer and future unsuspecting buyers down the road from harm and loss.


 

WHAT DO I DO NEXT TO SELL MY JUNK CAR OR TRUCK?

It's simple. Locate your keys. Find your title or get one using one of the methods above. Don't sign anything just yet! Find your phone and give AUSTIN JUNK CARS a call at 512-522-5080. We'll quote you the best possible price for your junk vehicle and either meet you to purchase the title or have a driver contact you to schedule pick up convenient to your schedule and recycle, reuse or dispose of your vehicle consistent with public safety and a safe, green Austin environment.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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