Category: Driver’s Guide

How to Tell if Car Title is Fake

Howdy, Driver? In this article, I disclose how to spot a fake car title. You do not have to be a professional to detect a fake car title. Although it may be challenging to tell a fake car title from a real car title, if you pay attention to details on the title certificate and the behavior of the seller …

How to Detect Odometer Fraud in a Used Car

Howdy, Driver? It is important to know how to detect odometer fraud to avoid buying a vehicle that the mileage has been altered. What is odometer fraud? Odometer fraud occurs when an insincere seller resets or disconnects the odometer of a vehicle to change the number of miles recorded for the vehicle illegally. According to NHTSA, an estimate of over …

How Crooks Change Odometer Reading in Car

Howdy, Driver? You can change odometer reading to make corrections or for experiments. In the same manner, a crook can alter the odometer to falsify the mileage. However, changing the odometer reading to disguise its true mileage is Illegal. To roll back mileage is difficult currently, especially with the advanced computer systems that are resistant to modifications. Moreover, some manufacturers …

How to junk a Car Without Title

Howdy, Driver? You can junk a car without title if you have your registrations to prove ownership in most states. To junk a car means to sell an old salvaged car to scrap. Ordinarily, the scrap yard requires your car title to confirm that you own the car before they can put it in their name legally. As stated by …

What is Bonded Title?

Howdy, Driver? What is a bonded title? A bonded title, also called Certificate of Title Surety Bond, is a surety you can use in place of a standard title to register a car in your name for a stipulated time, typically 3 years. If the original title is missing, erroneous, open title or the seller did not issue a title …

What is a Court Ordered Title?

Howdy, Driver? When you are unable to obtain a title for a car after trying other options, you can get a court order. Court order allows you to apply to the Registrar of the Bureau of Motor Vehicles directly and submit the proof of ownership of the vehicle such as a bill of sale, or invoice, and a photo ID. …

What is Curbstoning: How Not to be a Victim

Curbstoning is when an unlicensed dealer sells a used car while pretending to be a private party to avoid the regulation such as inspecting the car, paying taxes, and registration fees. A curbstoner could sell vehicles declared salvaged by insurance companies or involved in a flood to unsuspecting buyers and get away with it. Though it is an illegal act, …

What is Open Title?

Howdy, Driver? What is open title on a car? An open title occurs when a seller signs the back of a title but leaves the buyer’s section blank while transferring ownership. Typically, an open car title is used for a scheme such as jumping title also called title skipping, which is illegal. If you sell or buy a car with …

What is Title Jumping?

Howdy, Driver? What is title jumping? Title jumping, also called title floating or skipping, is the act of purchasing and selling a vehicle without putting it in your name (not registering the vehicle). A jumped title passes the ownership of a car from one person to another without any record of ownership. Typically, title jumping is an illegal practice by …

How Thief Can Sell a Stolen Car

Howdy, Driver? You need to know how a thief can sell a stolen car. So, if you ever hear of a stolen car, you know what to expect the crook to do next. A criminal can use a fake car title, fake bill of sale, and even a fake auto insurance card and a fake drivers license to deceive an …