Can I sell a car for “parts only” if I don’t have a title?

I’ve had this car for over 15 years and it still has a lien on it from the auto lender. I stopped paying on this car years ago and the debt has since disappeared from my credit report. Can I sell the car for “parts only” if I don’t have a title to the car as long as the buyer knows this?

Asked on July 23, 2012 under Business Law, Oregon


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

You may not sell anything which you do not have good title to, in the sense that you cannot alienate a third party's interests, and it doesn't matter whether the sale is for "parts only" or otherwise. If there is a lien on the vehicle, you must pay off the lien to transfer it.

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