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"Made a Mistake On Your Auto Title"?

Posted on July 13, 2011 at 9:41 PM
 
 
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During my time at the DMV, I came across many titles that didn't do the vehicle owner justice due to the fact that the "vehicle owner" was turned away due to physical issues on their vehicle title.  What am I talking about?  Well for starters, many people don't realize that a vehicle title is a legal document.  As a result of this, when "physical errors" take place on the title itself, negative consequences can and many times do occur.  I am going to address four major areas that will prohibit your titling transaction from getting done, if the physical errors listed below are enacted:
 
Areas:
 
1. The Usage of Correction Tape or Liquid:Believe it or not, some people actually apply correction tape or liquid on their titles to cover mistakes.  In essence, this makes the "mistakes" worst, and covers up important title data, which may not be clear to the processor of the transaction.
 
2. Faulty Odometer Readings: This particular area of mishap may not come as a surprise, but it is still a common problem on titles.  You can not falsify the odometer readings by changing the digits or try to "roll back" the readings.  Playing around with odometer readings is a federal offense.
 
3. Scribbling/Heavy Scratch Outs: While, it's very easy and common to make a mistake when filling out information on a vehicle title, scribbling and using heavy scratch outs is a big no-no.  This type of mishap is annoying and raises the red flag that someone is trying to conceal or change important title data.
 
4. Rips, Tears,  Burn and Stain Marks: Whenever rips, tears, burn and or stain marks are on a title; it raises the red flag of possible alteration.  For example, if a part of the VIN is missing, the make of the vehicle is covered in oils/grease, the section for the seller and buyer has burn marks on it, etc., the processor of the transaction will raise eyebrows towards negligence,  and the  intent to defraud; even if the above examples are mistakes.
 
 
While it is certain that mistakes happen, treating a vehicle title with negligence and damage can bring about delays, and legal and or financial consequences.  If you are facing a titling situation in which your title is damaged and or has mistakes on it as shown in the above examples; please give Wisdom & Authority Titling Solutions  a call today.  On a final note, vehicle titles can not be altered in any way, doing so will constitute a void.

Categories: Mistakes on Vehicle Titles

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447 Comments

Reply lissette
12:31 AM on May 13, 2012 
I bought a car today 05/12/2012 and realized the seller put 03/12/2012. wht can i do about this?
Reply remo
5:45 AM on December 17, 2012 
I got a car from a car lot well traded and I noticed that the door spot says 2 instead of a 4 wat should I do
Reply Shanel White
1:47 PM on December 17, 2012 
You can get the dealer to get it corrected. Should you need immediate assistance, feel free to contact me.
Reply Brandon Sepeda
11:57 PM on January 6, 2013 
I am intrested in buying a car. The owner has singed it in the seller's spot. And the person who signed as the buyer is selling me the car. Is it possible for me to transfer the title in my name?
Reply Shanel White
3:15 AM on January 7, 2013 
Hi Brandon,

If the buyer signed on the title, you won't be able to transfer the title into your name, without the challenge or consequence of this particular type of situation. If you need my help, please let me know, so that I can provide more insight.
Reply Steve
6:28 AM on January 17, 2013 
I made one mistake putting the odometer reading in the date of sale line, and neatly crossed it out with a single line, and initialed it which is done legally everywhere. And when taken to the agency they rejected it and wrote void all over it. I think this is a scam to make $60 (the garden/scam state) because I heard there is such thing as an erasure affidavit which would be significantly cheaper. But the NJ-DMV reprentative (i think illegally) destroyed my document.
Reply Shanel White
4:13 PM on January 17, 2013 
Steve,

Sorry your situation turned out the way it did. Unfortunately, acknowledging a mistake on an auto title by putting your initials beside it isn't good enough when it comes to DMV. The DMV rep should have given you the title back, so that you could use the necessary affidavits of corrections if necessary or apply for a duplicate title.
Reply Takia Truxon
9:39 PM on February 1, 2013 
My son scribbled just a tiny bit
Reply Shanel White
12:09 AM on February 2, 2013 
Takia,

If you son scribbled on the title just a little, might not be a problem. However, it depends on where the scribbling took place (VIN, seller/buyer signatures, etc.) For example, if important data is covered up, it could be an issue. I hope this helps. Check back for future updates.
Reply Wen
4:20 PM on February 14, 2013 
I need to change the name on the buyer line can I?
Reply Shanel White
5:58 PM on February 14, 2013 
Wen,

Thanks for visiting. Sorry, you can't change the name on the buyer line. Need more information, feel free to shoot me an email!
Reply May
10:01 PM on February 14, 2013 
While signing the back of the title, (applying to be the owner of the car) I checked the box in section 2 (actual mileage box) instead of section 1 where it should have been. The mileage reading is in the right place, and all other information is correct. Will we have to order a new title or is it something that can be corrected at the DMV?
Reply Shanel White
1:30 AM on February 15, 2013 
Hi,

It really depends upon the state and whether or not you scribbled or "tried to fix" the mistake. Contact me via email or phone for more insight.
Reply Edwin S
10:02 PM on February 18, 2013 
I just bought a motorcycle, he gave me the title and he signed the write places, but he put the wrong date on the date box next to(left side) the trasnferee/buyer signature(s) box. which i believe was my box to write the date. Will this be problem to transfer the title to my name? thanks in advance..
Reply cesar
3:48 AM on February 19, 2013 
the seller of the vehicle put a extra zero on their address zip code.will i have a promblem registering the vehicle in my name
Reply Shanel White
9:28 PM on February 19, 2013 
Hi,

If the seller put an extra zero on their address zip code, that's not problem, unless you have tried to scratch over it or correct it somehow.
Reply Shanel White
9:31 PM on February 19, 2013 
Edwin S says...
I just bought a motorcycle, he gave me the title and he signed the write places, but he put the wrong date on the date box next to(left side) the trasnferee/buyer signature(s) box. which i believe was my box to write the date. Will this be problem to transfer the title to my name? thanks in advance..

Hi,

You shouldn't have a problem if the seller put the wrong date in the box, as long as it isn't a date that's been longer than 30 days and or you haven't tried to make any corrections to the date.
Reply chelsea
6:41 PM on February 20, 2013 
i purchased a car, i have the title but the owner put the amount of the car in the spot where he should have signed. This was done in 2011. the person who i purchased the car from never transferred the title in his name but he had the title notarized in 2011. i keep calling the first owner but he never gets back to me. what are my options?
Reply Shanel White
7:03 PM on February 20, 2013 
chelsea says...
i purchased a car, i have the title but the owner put the amount of the car in the spot where he should have signed. This was done in 2011. the person who i purchased the car from never transferred the title in his name but he had the title notarized in 2011. i keep calling the first owner but he never gets back to me. what are my options?

Chelsea,

You are involved in a title skipping situation. The complexity of the situation also is regarding the state in which you are trying to get the title for. Please contact me for more information.
Reply Diana
1:53 AM on February 21, 2013 
I bought a car yesterday and I signed my name on the title and I still haven't registered it. It is a gift for my dad. How do I go about changing the name I printed on signed on the title to give to him to register?