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Obtaining A Title In North Carolina

Mike Self

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Hey folks, need some help from our North Carolina bretheren...


Have a friend in NC with a 1947 Fiat Topolino that he bought from a friend in Virgina many years ago and finally finished the restoration.  When he went to get a title for it (remember, it's been sitting in pieces since the 80s) the NC DMV said he had to have a title from the previous owner.  He has a bill of sale from the previous owner, but the PO (now in his 80s) can't find the title.  It originally came from Montana back in the 70s, but their records don't go back that far due to computerization and deleting old paper files.  


There's gotta be a way he can get a title for the car...here in Ohio we have an "assembled from parts" title where you present receipts for various pieces of the car you've built along with a rubbing of the VIN plate and you get a title.  What about North Carolina...





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Hmm, well, he bought it from a friend in Virginia? The friend should apply to VA DMV for a replacement for his lost title.




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Mike, One avenue is the way tow drivers claim vehicles, they call it a lien registration here, dont know how it works in NC but here in California its 2 certified letters and 30 days wait, every state has different laws but might be worth checking into. Just got back from DMV here for the 1600 and will have her registered next week, been so busy at post havent had a day off to go in. Gearing up for a fun summer next year of getting her on the road, you wouldnt recognize her now in her black coat with grills and bumpers installed, glad I grabbed her but winter is no time to build a car without garage, shes wrapped up snug as a bug

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NC is a huge pain (and I am putting it very nicely) due to a former DMV commissioner's shenanigans.   It will simplify the process for your friend if he can get the original owner to request a replacement title from VA DMV as they are great and easy to work with


If not then he will have to apply for a Bonded Title (requires bond to be posted by requesting party) which is not guaranteed will be approved, and will require notarized bill of sale, and documentation on why there is no title.   After that, he will have to get the car or its pieces, inspected by a State Highway Patrol Theft and Enforcement officer and depending on the mood, that can go well or not so well.   And because it is inoperable in its current state, it will be given a special Inoperable Title that will not allow the car to be put on the road.  Then that will require full documentation on all work done to make it operable as well as copies of receipts and yes, another inspection by the State Highway Patrol Theft and Enforcement Officer, who may or may not be having a good day 


I strongly encourage you to get your friend to get the title squared away in VA and keep it in that state until he gets the car running before trying to title it in NC



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Hey mike, it can be done. You just have to go and be a pain in the butt with DMV at New Bren avenue.

We got a Fiat Allemano registered a couple of years ago. Showed the bill of sale and "before" pictures. They sent an inspector up to see the car and then issued us a NC vin plate. 


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Sorry to post some what off topic, but I am in Ohio and have been trying to find a way to get a title for a car with just a Bill of Sale, and have had no luck with the local title office.  Basically saying they need the title or I can go to court to request one etc.  Do you have any more information on the "assembled from parts" title that you spoke of?  Have you ever done it and how much of a pain was it to go through etc.. Once again sorry to hijack your thread.  Thanks


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