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Once you sign the title of a car to some one, it's no longer yours, right?

We recently bought a new car and our insurance went up to almost 200 dollars(a dollars more than what we were paying.) Well, we told my mom she could have our car, but now we're worried that we're going to get stuck with it. She doesn't have a license and no insurance for the car. So it's just going to sit there until she gets her license. Once we sign the title over to her, we're no longer responsible for it, right?

I'm really afraid we're going to get stuck with a car that we don't want and can't afford to keep.

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Asked by lizzeh at 11:44 PM on Feb. 2, 2009 in Home & Garden

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  • if u did not go to the secretary of state and sign it over and transfer the title then YES u will alaways be responsible for the car i am being sued by a towing business for a car i sold 7 years ago i signed the title but they never had it tranferred over and now im responsible for thier tow bill

    Answer by RIERIE at 11:49 PM on Feb. 2, 2009

  • Signing the title just gives the title to her, but until she transfers the title you are still the one who legally "owns" the car. Go to the local DMV and file the title transfer so that she has full possession of the car.

    Answer by indigostone at 12:01 AM on Feb. 3, 2009

  • Do you owe money on the car itself?

    Answer by NotPanicking at 10:26 AM on Feb. 3, 2009

  • yes once you sign it over, it is hers not yours, you have no responsibility for something that no longer belongs to you.. seems like a waste to me though...

    Answer by AmaliaD at 11:57 AM on Feb. 3, 2009

  • No, we don't owe money on the car. It's a 94 Aspire. We'll only get a few hundred for it. This is going to come back to bite us in the ass.

    Answer by lizzeh at 12:36 PM on Feb. 3, 2009

  • She has to transfer the title first, until then, it's still yours.

    Answer by JenO1818 at 1:45 PM on Feb. 3, 2009

  • Keep a copy of the signed over title and make up a receipt showing you sold it to her, even if it's just for $1. That way if it does get impounded you have proof of selling the vehicle. It may not keep a tow service from going after you, but it should convince a judge to dismiss it.

    Answer by NotPanicking at 3:28 PM on Feb. 3, 2009

  • actually..... once you sign the title over there is a period of limbo.. i do know that in the state of washington you have to let the DMV know... i did mine online and it was so easy.. its just to let them know that you did sell it, etc, so that if the person that you sold it too, JUST HAPPENS TO NOT REGISTER, it wont default back onto you.. its nothing major,just a form to let them know that its no longer in your posession, the price you sold it for if any, and who you sold it too... i had to do this when i got rid of my old high school car...

    Answer by sweetscrappin at 6:38 PM on Feb. 3, 2009

  • She has to have the title put in her name. She will need prove of insurance, more than likely, in order to have the title in her name. I would fill out a bill of sale and have the date you sold it to her on it and both of your signatures, as well turn in your tag.

    Answer by mrsfarris at 12:46 AM on Feb. 4, 2009

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