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I have a cousin who has asked me twice if he could purchase

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I have a cousin who has asked me twice if he could purchase one of my mom's cars. I just went through probate court on Tuesday, and waiting to receive my letters of testamentary. I don't totally trust him and I want to use a contract if I decided to sell it to him. Could I check his background and do a credit check on him? I plan to transfer the title before I sell it to him? I want to make sure I am legally covered? What else would I need?

I'm sorry to hear about your loss.

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Yes, you can definitely do a background and credit check on him before you decide whether you want to allow him to purchase one of your mother's cars or not.

You can and should definitely have a contract with him in place if you don't trust him. And, of course, you do not have any obligation to sell the car to him if you don't trust him.

If you have a written contract, signed by both of you, that would cover you in case he breaches the agreement. However, I would definitely suggest that you receive the entire purchase price up front or not give him the car. But if you decide to accept payments, you should leave your name on the title until he fully pays off the car, so you can repossess it if he fails to make full payments.

(This is how all finance companies are able to repossess cars due to missed payments).

You can require that he have a certain amount of insurance on the car as well, to ensure that you wouldn't be liable in case of an accident.

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Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Thank you very much for the great answer. Don't I have to ask him to pull his credit report? I know I can't review someone else's credit report without their permission. I don't want him to know that I am doing this.

Hello Laura,

Yes, unfortunately, you do need his permission to do a credit report. You wouldn't be able to do a credit report on him without his knowledge.
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