Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: Gastonia, NC - Born & raised in Connecticut - 31 years
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Many states did not have titles for older cars, typically 1970's and older. In Connecticut, all you ever needed was a bill of sale from the seller. You would then take this to the DMV and register your car. They would then charge you sales tax on the purchase price which was a great way to have your buddy sell you an $800 car for $100 and pay the tax on the $100.
Now in North Carolina, you must have a title if the car originated in NC. If it is a NC car and you don't have a title, you can't seem to register it. Now there are supposed ways to get around this, like an abandoned vehicle left on your property, but even this seems a difficult thing to do. So no title, the vehicle is basically a parts car in this state. Now this doesn't mean you can't sell it to someone in another state that accepts a bill of sale for an older car and get it registered. No doubt this is/has been done.
As far as mileage, there is usually a check box on a title (as an example) that states you do not know if the mileage is actual. So with a bill of sale from the owner, just have him simply make a note of the mileage and add "this is the actual mileage to the best of my knowledge." This should cover it. Obviously if it has 23,000 miles, as an example, it is most likely 123,000 -the older cars only had 5 digits and simply turned over back to 00000 and began again. You may also want whatever sales paper your state requires notarized to make it legal and most likely better accepted/processed at your DMV.
Shouldn't really be a problem on any of it, just get it directly from your DMV so you have all their required info. If you forget something you must have/need legally from the seller, well, once he/she has your money you may find them less than willing to help you out and then you may be stuck in a pickle.