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Is it ever legal for me to sell a car to someone by just signing my name and dating the title, such that the buyer's information is completely blank? To be clear, the title itself is legal, clean, and in my name.

This allows the buyer to sell/transfer the car again to someone else within the two-week window that most states allow for registering a purchased used car. I know dealers usually do this with other methods, but this would be cheaper, and might be more applicable if, for example, the buyer wasn't sure if he would register it in his name or his father's name. Assume the buyer gets insurance for the car, to satisfy state insurance laws, before he drives it away.

  • Seems fairly common practice, at least here in Nevada. It's certainly been the case with the cars I've bought and sold. As for driving away, I''ve always had the seller drop it off at my house, or driven it to the purchaser's place, simply because that avoids the problem of one of us having to get a 3rd person for rides. – jamesqf Feb 16 at 19:14
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In other words, ‘would it ever be legal to cheat the government out of taxes?’
I think you know the answer to that question.

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    How is it "cheating" the government out of taxes? The taxes are due when & if the car is registered. – jamesqf Feb 16 at 19:14
  • The sales tax becomes due when you buy the car. It is collected when you register it. – Aganju Feb 16 at 21:00
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    This would be highly state dependent. – quid Feb 16 at 21:39
  • Whether there is sales tax due at all depends on which state you are in. – chepner Feb 16 at 23:20
  • @Aganju: Perhaps that's so in your state. Not here. So if you for instance buy a car that you intend to disassemble for parts, there's no tax. – jamesqf Feb 17 at 4:43

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