Just curious on how this would work if the title is missing? Then can you only just buy it with a bill of sale but not register it and thus it effectively renders it a parts car?
It's not a pretty situation. I really can't buy the car without the paperwork being at least somewhat in order. In NJ at least, you can't even scrap a car without a title so it would be dicey to take this one.
The seller is trying to resolve it on his end and at the same time I'm going to take a shot at using the Vermont "loophole" which allows you to register a car in Vermont, even as a non-resident, without a title and then you take that registration to the DMV here in NJ and they *might* give you a title.
It's a nightmare scenario