I pushed the accept button, butttttt I need to understand better. The clerk at the DMV wasn't giving me much time or help. The don't worry about it reply should tell you that. The lien I saw on the tittle could have been an old one from the bank. So is thier a place that I can research all the possible liens and get a more complete picture of the vehicles status and finacial history. The place where any liens would be documented. CarFax gave me some sort of gareentee that they would buy the vehicle but if their is a big lien I might get stuck. If the the lien was for a couple of hundred I could pay it and still have a good deal. Older people can be criminals or just confussed so I still don't what to give the sellers the 3rd degree or start water-boarding granny.
No, the DMV will not likely give you access to the titles. The simple way to handle this is to just call the seller and explain your concern. Just say that you noticed that the title has a lien recorded on it and that you want to be sure that it was paid and that a clear title would be provided to you. You could also draft a short bill of sale (you’ll need one anyway for the DMV) and add language stating that the seller is agreeing to provide a clear title free of all encumbrances, and agrees to void the sale if clear title cannot be provided. Then, if there is a lien on the vehicle after the sale, you’d be able to undo the sale.
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