If you want to sell your car, but cannot locate the title for it, you are just like thousands of other vehicle owners. There is no need to be concerned since replacing lost or stolen car title is not difficult. Continue reading to learn what you need to do in order to apply for a new title, including where to get a great payout for your car!
Duplicate Title Application
When car titles are lost, stolen, mutilated, destroyed, or become illegible, they need to be replaced. If your car title fits any of these descriptions, you can apply for a duplicate through the Indiana Department of Motor Vehicles. Use the branch that is local to you for added convenience since you will need to apply for a new title in person. Visit the BMV Duplicate Title Application webpage for specific instructions on replacing a lost car title.
Keep in mind that would will have to pay a fee, either with credit card, check, cashier’s’ check, or money order. When making your payment, you will be required to show legal identification. Your I.D. can be one of many, as long as it is not expired, including a drivers’ licensed, passport, passport card, military license, student identification card, bank card, probation card, or a work identification card.
Once you receive your new title in the mail, it will read “DUPLICATE” on the front. If you ever find the original title, it will be void, so be sure to destroy it immediately. You can shred it or burn it, but do not throw it away.
If You Cannot Replace the Title
You can still sell a car without a car title to a junk car buyer as long as you can provide alternative documentation that proves you are the true owner of the vehicle. If you own a junk car or abandoned vehicle, and you cannot find the title, you can still sell it to a junk car buyer if you obtain a Certificate of Authority. In fact, official BMV literature explains it like this:
“A person who owns a vehicle that has a certificate of title that is faulty, lost, or destroyed, or who is the possessor of an abandoned vehicle may apply to the BMV for authority to sell, give away, or dispose of the vehicle for scrap metal without applying for a certificate of title. An approved Certificate of Authority – Disposal of a Motor Vehicle – State Form 55018 must be provided to the automotive salvage recycler, or other appropriate facility when disposing of the vehicle.”