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If you need a new car title in Texas, it is important to know that dealerships are legally required to handle your initial title application for you as part of the sale. However, a DMV title transfer will be required if you are purchasing a vehicle from another individual. In order to complete the transfer of a vehicle, both you and the vehicle’s seller must visit a county tax office. This is to ensure that the title is filled out correctly and signed by both parties as well as whether or not the vehicle is considered a salvage or has any other titling issues.
Salvage title cars are vehicles that have received enough damage that an insurance agency declared the vehicle as a “total loss” and uneconomical to repair. It is important to consider the purchase of a salvage vehicle as these vehicles can never obtain traditional titles, are generally more expensive to insure and may be accompanied with further problems down the road.
Should you ever encounter a lost car title, it is important that you request a replacement title from the Texas county tax office right away. The title is essential for sales, transfers and obtaining registration. Duplicate title requests are accompanied by a 30 day waiting period once your application is received in order to protect you from fraudulent activities. You can request a replacement in person or by mail. Titles that are in the name of a trust or a business have special requirements, as these types of titles need special authorization and/or identification.