Do you really want to take a chance that who ever buys this vehicle does not do something that could land you in a lot of legal trouble ? I wouldn’t . Also while this is a very helpful bunch on this forum why would you take legal advice from an unknown source ?
The only answer that counts will come from your state DMV period.
I know the auto club is permitted to do many things that normally require a trip to the dmv. If you’re a club member, might want to give them a call and explain the situation. They might be able to help with a replacement/duplicate title
I know I’d rather deal with my auto club agent, versus going to the dmv and hoping the person is in a good mood that day
A few months ago, I had to go to a dmv to take care of some business. I saw about the worst behaviour I’ve ever seen from a dmv employee. The guy was verbally berating the customers, laying hands on them and shoving them around
Not sure of the legalities, but suggest however you do it, make sure that you are not responsible for what happens to the car once the new owner takes possession, parking tickets, accidents, illegal activities etc.
Just sold my old Triumph motorcycle a few days ago. Got it titled 30 years ago, bought it 50 years ago, was going to sell it a few years ago, then misplaced the title after I pulled it out of my files, did not get around to it. Never got it plated when I moved to a new state, just titled DMV can find nothing, only offered a bonded title as I could not get the vin to match. Got as much for it without the title as I would have asked with the title. Different circumstances for sure. No worries for me. Also gave away a jet ski, was my cousins husbands, said for parts only, no title. After 30 years of sitting what care I.
Legal or not, I can’t imagine why someone would put good money down on a car that they didn’t get the title for? Just a promise of a title to come? They can’t transfer ownership without it. So I smell a rat. Anyone in a hurry to get the car and didn’t care about the title might be using just funny money.
Now anytime I have a change on a car like a loan satisfaction, I immediately go down and pay my $10 for a new title to be issued with the updated information. They go into my folder for that particular car, trailer, etc. Then I have all the folders for my rolling stock in one expandable folder so they are all in one place. I’m still kind of a basket case as far as paper management, but my records manager helped me to keep things simple and has helped me stay a little organized for 20 years now. I also have about six expandable files where I put all my owners manuals by main category such as major tools like welders, etc. I also record on each owners manual the date, where bought, how much, the serial number, etc. and staple the receipt in the book. It just helps a lot but I’ve got a bunch to file yet when I get some free time.
Well I guess I am under the gun? If I need bail can I contact you? I am very sure nothing is going to happen to me. I could not even get proof I owned it! And for a bike I bought 50 years ago no worries in my mind.
Guy had 6 other cycles on his trailer, a wad of 100 dollar bills, he is not into trying to frame me I do not believe.