The seller of a defective vehicle “skipped title”, according to police
Pennsylvania State Police in Dublin said they were investigating an auto sale that put the buyer in trouble with forged title.
According to a press release on Friday, the troubled transaction began in mid-May, when a Richlandtown purchased a used Dodge Ram on Facebook Marketplace.
Police said shortly after purchasing the truck online, the man “discovered several mechanical issues” with it.
Further investigation revealed that “the seller skipped the title and the tag agency approved the title without the actual owner being present,” the press release said.
According to the used car buying blog AutoHitch.com, the practice of “title skipping” refers to a practice in which “someone sells a car to another person who has only signed their name on the title in the “Signature of seller” section, creating an “Open title. ‘”
An open title is a title that has already been signed and does not contain any information about the buyer, according to the blog post, which also notes that the end result of someone skipping a title “is a transaction (on paper) which appears as if the original seller had sold the car to the end buyer, but the ‘man in the middle’ never existed. “
Why would someone deliberately skip a title, which is a felony in most places and a felony in some states? According to AutoHitch, the motive is usually to make more money on a used car sale.
“The main reason people skip car titles is because they’re trying to return a car… and not registering their purchase with the DMV not only helps them avoid regulation, but it also helps them avoid (to pay) sales taxes, “the post said.
Dublin State Police did not identify the tag agency that allegedly endorsed the skipped title in their press release, but said their investigation into what happened was continuing.