Posted by Tony-VA/NC on July 11, 2003 at 10:53:47:
Typically if the seller has the title in hand, you simply look to see if a lienholder is listed.
You also may wish to check to ensure that the taxes are current.
Check to ensure the lot rent is current.
To be absolutely certain, take the seller to the titling agency (Division of Motor Vehicle or the like) and transfer title there. They will know if the title is good or bad. Don’t give up the money until you get the clear title.
If you have done the lien, tax and lot rent search, you are likely to be in good shape. Just be sure that you are receiving the title from the person listed on the title. Many times they never registered the title in their name. I don’t jump title. I make them get the title in their name first (nothing like a brand new title to convince me it is good).