Advice on How to Sell a Car When You Can’t Find the Title

You finally made the decision to sell your junk car, but now you can’t seem to locate the title? This is a typical, very common scenario experienced by car owners all across the country. Fortunately, you still have viable options when you want to sell a car but can’t find the title. Continue reading to learn the best ways to get started!

Indianapolis Junk Car Buyers 317-247-8484
Indianapolis Junk Car Buyers 317-247-8484

Do You Want to Replace the Title?

Before you delve into the process of selling a junk car without a title, you need to first decide if you want to (or can) replace it or not. If your car title is lost, stolen, or destroyed, Indiana DMV’s will allow you to apply for a duplicate title. According to the BMV, “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.” A duplicate title works in the same way as a standard, but it will have the word, “DUPLICATE” stamped on the front, showing that it is not the original.

How to Apply for a Duplicate Title in Indiana

To apply for a duplicate car title, simply visit your local BMV and obtain approval. To do this, first go to a local BMV branch that offers such services. A quick online search will tell you which branches will accept duplicate title applications; most do.

Next, notify the attendant that you wish to replace a lost, stolen, or faulty car title. They will provide you with all of the information and paperwork needed to get the process started. It might help to contact your branch prior to arriving, to inquire about which documents you need to bring to complete the application. Or, visit the Duplicate Title Application information page on the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles website.

Last, you will fill out a Certificate of Authority – Disposal of a Motor Vehicle – State Form 55018, which will then need to be approved by the BMV, and then used to sell the vehicle. If you are selling your vehicle to a salvage yard, you will need this document.

Contact Zore’s Indy to Sell a Junk Car!

Zore's Inc. 317-247-8484
Zore’s Inc. 317-247-8484

Zore’s Inc. is the local Indianapolis cash for cars company to trust for getting the most out of your clunker. For over 70 years, our auto salvage yard has paid out the highest returns for junk cars in Indianapolis, Indiana. Regardless of age or condition, we will pay you cash on the spot for your junk vehicle! Call 317-247-8484 to request free estimates or information, anytime!