My son bought a used car 2 days ago from an ad on CraigsList from someone who said he was a local Used Car dealer who sells cars that the dealerships take on trade-ins. My son paid cash ($1,500) after hours and signed papers and DMV doc.s. The seller said the title (pink slip) would be mailed to him in about 3 weeks. The seller assured him that the temp. sticker in the window is all that was needed for 90 days. He asked for $50 Reg. fees the next day and was helpful to my son about bringing over a missing taillight part. I did not meet this seller. I am of course concerned because there was no title...only a bill of sale. We phoned the local Police who said the plate matches the vehicle and did not come up as stolen. Until the DMV opens on Monday...any advice? Thanks from a Worried Mom
Wow this is a little scary. You really have very few options until Monday. I don't know what your state law is about temporary titling of a motor vehicle, but I would contact your bureau of motor vehicles and find out if he can indeed license the vehicle with a "bill of sale". The seller should have the title and should be able to sign the vehicle over to your son without any delay.
If there is fraud involved you need to contact Craig's List, your Attorney General office in your state and your local authorities.
〉 Answered on Nov 9th, 2008 by Jessie L Thatcher, F&I and Sales Specialist at Reynolds and Reynolds Company (Retired)