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Bought car/dealership went out of business. How do I go about getting the title?

I bought a used car from a dealership that went out of business. I paid cash for the car. The only paperwork I have is the Retail Purchase Agreement. I can't get my tag without the title, I can't get the title b/c I can't seem to find anyone to talk to from the previous company... i am not sure what to do.


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You should be able to call the Better Business Bureau. They should be able to give you a number to take care of this. A company can't just disappear without taking care of unfinished business. Good Luck.

Unfortunately these things happen but all is not lost for you. If you are in California, the DMV will still be able to issue you a title. Bring your Retail Purchase Agreement with you and fillout DMV form 343, you will also fillout and sign a Statement of Facts form DMV 256 explaining how you purchased the vehicle and the fact that the dealership went out of business. The DMV will be able to check the status of the dealership and refer you to an investigator. In the meantime, you can be issued a Temporary Operating Permit which you can use while your case is under investigation. DMV will inform you of the progress in your case. It might take awhile before you get your title but there is hope for you.

The car lot I got my car from went out of business and I wasn't finish paying for my car, when they first closed down one of the ladies working there was just going around collecting the payments, now I have been calling them for about 3 months and I can't get in touch, I really want the title to my car is there anyway I would be able to get my title even though they went out of business?

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