How do you read a car title?

How do I read the title of my new car? It has so many terms on it that I don’t know and I want to make sure everything is accurate.

Legal jargon can be very confusing, but don’t worry; we’re here to help! Here are some categories you can expect to see when you read your car title:
  • Vehicle Identification Number (VIN): This 17-digit item is used to identify your car through various owners, accidents, repairs, etc.
  • Odometer Reading: This number should show the number of miles that were on the odometer when the car was last bought or sold.
  • Make and Model: This section will usually include the brand and name of the car and might include the year (e.g., Honda Civic 2007).
  • Weight Class: This defines what type of vehicle you drive and the weight of the vehicle. Higher-weight cars usually cost more to insure.
  • Assignment of Title: Here’s where you’ll see the change in ownership if you buy or sell your car.
  • Lien Holder: If your car is financed, you should see the lien holder listed on your title, too.
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Liz Jenson
Answered on Nov 11, 2021

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