I sold my car for cash, and had the buyer sign the title. Five months later I receive a letter stating that my old car was in as accident.

Why am I at fault for a traffic accident when I sold the car prior to the accident?

I sold my car for cash, and had the buyer sign the title. I took the license plate off my car, dropped the car from my insurance and registered the license plate to my new car. Five months later I receive a letter from the Bureau of Motorist Compliance, stating that my old car was in an accident, and that I owe money since the title is in my name. The driver at the time of the accident did not have the car registered, had a suspended license and had tag that belonged to a different car. Please help.



Andrew's answer:

Usually, you have to fill out the part of the title at the bottom with the information of who the seller was and who the buyer was, date of sale, etc. and submit it to the Department of Licensing within a certain period of time. Florida may have a different form or process but DOL needs to be notified of the transfer in ownership.

Otherwise, you are still the legal owner of the vehicle and can be liable for any subsequent claims, as you have found out now unfortunately.

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