If a car is being driven without proper tags that exposes the driver to a citation and many penalties that the driver would be responsible for. If the dealer is willing to provide temp tags until the permanent ones arrive, then that would avoid that; however, the consumer should set a deadline as normally the tags are provided during or shortly after the transaction. It is possible for the dealer to post an indemnity bond to obtain a title through the DMV and that may be an alternative solution.
However, if it appears that the dealer does not have the title/tags and that they won't be coming anytime soon, the buyer can sue for breach of contract; a breach of contract suit alleges that the seller did not conform with the provisions of the contract. When a person sells a car, there is a presumption that this includes the legal document evidencing ownership. If the dealer is not in possession of this and is unable to transfer this to the owner, the buyer can void the contract. This means that money paid would be returned, and the vehicle would be returned. The dealer could deduct costs for reasonable use, usually based on mileage. If the buyer writes a demand letter, requesting either the required documents or an indemnity bond title by X date, or they will consider the dealer in breach, that often resolves the issue.
You can also file a complaint here (checking the last box "title issues")
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