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I live in NJ. I have a 17 year old who is not my child

I live in NJ....
I live in NJ. I have a 17 year old who is not my child unofficially living with me. He would like to buy a car. Is he able to purchase a car in his own name? If not, what liability do I expose myself to if I put the car in my name?
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JD 1992
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Yes, a 17 year old in NJ can put a car in their own name. However, until she is 18 she is still a minor which means it is possible you could get sued if she is in a wreck, whether the car is in your name or not.

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The chances are much less likely you would be sued if it is not your child than if it is.

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