How do I buy a car with no title?

I want to rebuild a car with my kids; I have twins who are about ready to drive. We have a junkyard nearby with all these old cars. I was talking to the guy who works there, and a lot of the cars don’t have titles. Titles are an essential part of owning a car, I know, but how do I buy a vehicle that has no title?

Answer
Rebuilding a car sounds like a fun project for you and your family!
One of the first things you should do is find the VIN. The VIN will let you double-check that the car hasn’t been stolen or that there aren’t problems related to the vehicle. The VIN can usually also help you get a replacement title at your nearest DMV.
Note that because cars at the junkyards are often totaled, you can’t drive them off the lot. Instead, you will have to tow the vehicle to your home and not drive it until you get to exchange the salvage title to a rebuilt title. The DMV will help you get your car road-ready again paper-wise. This might include inspections and tests the car will have to pass, in addition to the paperwork.
After that, you can insure the car and start driving it. The easiest way to insure a rebuilt car is to shop around with the Jerry app. Jerry compares personalized quotes from the 50 top providers, including Nationwide, Allstate, and Travelers, and delivers the best deals to your phone in minutes for free. The average Jerry driver saves $879 a year on car insurance!
Lauren Smith
Answered on Oct 29, 2021
Lauren has written for World Nomads, the Matador Network, Korvia Consulting, and once upon a time Three Fates Games. She graduated from Columbia College of Chicago with a BFA in Creative Writing. After graduating, she moved overseas and lived in South Korea where she spent her free time traveling and going on road trips with friends. She misses the rest stop potatoes and is trying to figure out how to recreate them at home. She's now based outside of Chicago and when she's not writing she spends her free time reading, playing video games, and exploring whenever she can.
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