Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Recieved the signed title but no bill of sale after purchasing a car

asked by on

What do you do if you purchase a vehicle and receive the signed title, but no bill of sale and the seller is unwilling to provide a bill of sale?

Hello, thanks for writing in. Usually, the bill of sale is most valuable for disclosing the terms of the sale - purchase price, any qualifications on condition or warranty for the vehicle. Check with your local tag & title office to see what their requirements are, but a signed title, with a statement of mileage, is usually adequate for proof of "legal transfer of ownership".

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!
  • Home
  • Questions
  • Recieved the signed title but no bill of sale after purchasing a car

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Price estimate - KBB vs. Edmond

When getting price estimates from these sites, know that they will vary widely depending on the criteria you put in and if you are looking for a trade-in value or a retail value. After looking into both of these sites,...

Q: Does my water pump need to be replaced?

Hi there, thanks for writing in. There are 3 really good ways to check if your water pump needs to be replaced. First, visually inspect around the water pump looking for any signs of a leak. Water pump leaks,...

Q: Which car is more expensive to maintain: the Audi Q5 2.0t or the BMW X5 35i?

Hello, thank you for your question. I'd be happy to provide my insight. The answer to this question isn't as simple as it may seem. The biggest factor is going to be the year of the two vehicles you are...

Related articles

What Causes Hoses to Leak?
While the largest part of your engine is mechanical, hydraulics plays a significant role. You’ll find fluids at work in a number of different areas. Your car's fluids include: Engine oil Transmission...
Rules of the Road For Iowa Drivers
Driving on the roads requires knowledge of the rules, many of which are based on common sense and courtesy. However, even though you know the rules in...
P2103 OBD-II Trouble Code: Throttle Actuator Control Motor Circuit High
P2103 means there is a fault with the throttle actuator control motor circuit, likely due to a defective electrical component or part.