Wichita, KS asked in Criminal Law, Federal Crimes, Consumer Law and Contracts for Kansas

Q: How to obtain car title or court order for a car i just purchased?

I bought a car from a guy in Kansas and i have the Bill of Sale, 2 other witnesses, registration papers, and insurance papers. I need to obtain the title but he didn't have it and to him it'll take him $200 to obtain them since he says he needs to drive to Topeka to sign papers. I call BS on that. So i need a way to obtain the title myself or to obtain a court order for a transfer of car ownership and for the title. This was NOT disclosed to me during our agreement.

1 Lawyer Answer

Rick Davis

Answered
  • Olathe, KS
  • Licensed in Kansas

A: The only way to obtain a title if he doesn't provide one is to file a quiet title suit. A quiet title suit is a legal proceeding where you ask the court to declare you the owner of the vehicle. Kansas legal services has a guide on how to file these suits. Here is a link to that information: http://www.kansaslegalservices.org/sites/kansaslegalservices.org/files/Quiet%20Title%20Packet.pdf. You can also hire an attorney to assist with the quiet title.

As to the cost it is hard to know what he will have to pay as he may have penalties if he did not title it upon taking ownership. He would not need to drive to Topeka as it could be handled at the DMV in his county.

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