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I purchased a car from an individual (he purchased it from an auction for dealers )and did not get the title or proper bill of sale. now I cannot get the car registered and the person will not get the title, so what can I do to get the car registered so I can drive it?

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Jenny Trostel, Partner at Anderson of Hunt Valley Contact the State Attorney General*s office. You may be dealing with a Fraud problem. They will give you advice on how to get the vehicle titled.

Patricia Algier , Owner at Valley Dealer Exchange Inc Dear Terri, Very complicated situation you are in. Different States also have different laws. I am only familiar with California laws. If the Individual is a Dealer you have recourse through your local DMV and Consumer affair agency. If he was a private party I do not know how he got the car from a dealer auction.It could be stolen. In california, If the car is not stolen you can post a bond on the vehicle in lieu of a title. You need to find a supervisor at your DMV to assist you. Patti

Shelly LoCascio, Dealer Principal  at Irwin Lincoln Mercury Mazda You can call the state Division of Motor Vehicles. It is illegal to sell a car with producing a title. This is serious business especially for anyone holding a state license to sell cars. In this case the "wholesaler" may be using the license of the dealer he is buying for, which again is bad for that dealer.

Jessie L Thatcher, F&I and Sales Specialist at Reynolds and Reynolds Company  (Retired) You are stuck with an unregistered vehicle and what may appear to be an illegal sale. I would contact the auction where he purchased the vehicle to find if he did actually purchase it from them and if you can get the title. If that is not the case you can take him to court to regain your money or the title.

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