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If you buy a car and there is a lien on it but the car lot goes out of business how do you get the lien off of it?

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2014-01-13 18:07:49
2014-01-13 18:07:49

Contact the entity that loaned you the money to buy the car, be it a bank, loan company, etc. If the selling dealer personally loaned you the money then you need to speak to your local DMV and see what you need to do if you cannot contact the seller.

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