Type Q HalfDork
March 24, 2009 1:51 p.m.

I could use the knowledge/wisdom/expertise of GRM'ers in the Washington DC area. I am trying to help a friend of mine. Another friend of hers who lived in DC died last December. My friend is the executor of her estate.

She need to sell a a 5 year old car from the estate. She lives here in the San Francisco Bay area and is making periodic trips to DC to take care of various legal matters. Thus she has a limited amount of time on the ground. Here are a couple of questions that she has.

  1. The title is probably in the estate records but has not been located yet. If it isn't found, what is the process for selling a fairly new car without a title?

  2. Assuming the title is found, do you have any suggestions for where and how to sell a car quickly for reasonable money? Dealership? Auctions? Other?

Any help will be greatly appreciated.

mistanfo Dork
March 24, 2009 1:54 p.m.

For quick sale, I'd say that it's worth taking the car to Carmax. Oh, and drive a couple of blocks around Carmax. Many locations have another similar business nearby that will pay MORE than Carmax. Might not be much, but more is more. I know that there is one in Laurel like that, on Route 1. Of course, the title will need to be found. Now, when you say DC, are we talking DC, MD or VA, as many people cluster portions of the latter two with the first.

jrw1621 HalfDork
March 24, 2009 2:20 p.m.

You may find some answers at www.DMV.org
From there you can pick your state and get more details.

Type Q HalfDork
March 24, 2009 2:35 p.m.

The person who died resided in DC proper and not the Virginia or Maryland suburbs.

jrw1621 HalfDork
March 24, 2009 2:48 p.m.

If your friend formally inherited the car, I found this on www.dmv.org for DC.


Inheriting a Vehicle

Bring the following to any DMV service center:

An assignment of ownership completed by a designated executor. An authenticated copy of the letters testamentary or administration issued to the representative by an appropriate court. A completed Application for a Certificate of Title. Payment for $26 title fee.

Type Q HalfDork
March 24, 2009 5:20 p.m.

She is the designated executor of the will/estate. She is needing to sell the car so money can be inherited by others.

Thanks everyone for your help so far.

JFX001 Dork
March 24, 2009 5:36 p.m.

Not even remotely a lawyer, but has the Will gone through probate yet?

Can she get a duplicate Title with POA by being the Executor of the estate? Tell her to check for the registration in the glovebox and take it from there.

I wouldn't look for any quick remedies.

foxtrapper SuperDork
March 24, 2009 5:38 p.m.

Your friend is the designated executor of the estate. She can pull a duplicate title.

spitfirebill HalfDork
March 25, 2009 7:43 a.m.
foxtrapper wrote: Your friend is the designated executor of the estate. She can pull a duplicate title.

And she likely cannot sell it until the will is in probate.

April 24, 2009 5:54 a.m.

Its always a problem to sell a car or house before the will is in probate, but you can try serching for gaps in law. Maybe its possible to sell a car in Europe. Anyway, all the documents will have to be changed so they shouldn't mind. If she's entitled to execute the estate this document shoud be enough to sell a car.

poopshovel SuperDork
April 24, 2009 9:08 a.m.
Assuming the title is found, do you have any suggestions for where and how to sell a car quickly for reasonable money? Dealership? Auctions? Other?

I can't help with the other stuff, but local auctions are a GREAT way to dump a car quick. Drop off the car, set the reserve, get a phone call or a check the next day.

iceracer Reader
April 24, 2009 2:01 p.m.

Have her check with her lawyer. QED

Feb. 27, 2011 1:57 p.m.

Sell my car miami offers cash for cars for any make. Get insatant quotations online and 20 minutes for most of the transactions. On the spot paper work & get assured more cash than CarMax

Jay SuperDork
Feb. 27, 2011 2:42 p.m.

Wow, I was all ready to call canoe on "priestess" up there, then I realized it was a necropost from 2009. I scroll down to the bottom and whaddayaknow! Brought back by another canoe. Sheesh.

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