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Old 06-08-2015, 12:28 PM
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I have a family member from my wife's side who moved in the middle of wisconsin and needs to get to work (his car broke down). I want to buy him a car - problem is this guy and his wife are very unreliable. They will not maintain insurance, etc.

I do not want this car to be in my name because if he hits someone I do not want to be sued. If I give the car and put it in his name his wife may sell it (as she sold a lot of stuff we gave them so far).

Is there a way to 'loan' a car to someone and make sure it is not in their name - without the legal liability?

P.S The only reason I am doing this is because they have a small child and they need the $$ to take care of her. Otherwise I would tell them to pound sand.
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Old 06-08-2015, 12:33 PM
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I'm pretty sure you have to release all liability, never heard of just "loaning" a car through DMV.
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The only way to completely remove yourself from liability is to sign the title over to another party.

No offense, but you're going to buy a car for someone and then just give it to them, knowing full-well that they won't maintain insurance on it?
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...- problem is this guy and his wife are very unreliable. They will not maintain insurance, etc.
Good luck with supporting their irresponsible life style...
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The only way to completely remove yourself from liability is to sign the title over to another party.

No offense, but you're going to buy a car for someone and then just give it to them, knowing full-well that they won't maintain insurance on it?
yeah... maybe that's money better saved, if it's burning a hole in your pocket I do need an A&A Supercharger... and I'll maintain it.
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If something belongs to you, then you have at least some liability in how it is used. It sounds like helping them out by buying them a car will just be enabling them to make more bad decisions.
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If something belongs to you, then you have at least some liability in how it is used. It sounds like helping them out by buying them a car will just be enabling them to make more bad decisions.

Ya that I what I am thinking too...
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Originally Posted by HyperX View Post

I have a family member from my wife's side who moved in the middle of wisconsin and needs to get to work (his car broke down). I want to buy him a car - problem is this guy and his wife are very unreliable. They will not maintain insurance, etc.

I do not want this car to be in my name because if he hits someone I do not want to be sued.
Simple solution, if you want to buy him a car and don't want any responsibility, give him the money and shake his hand....

You have done your part, the rest is all on him.......
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Can you put a personal lien on it?

Fix his broken car?
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Ya that I what I am thinking too...
It sounds like you have already gone above and beyond to help them. I hope your wife understands that. Good luck.
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Old 06-08-2015, 12:51 PM
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Some scumbag lawyer will figure out a way to blame you. Maybe as a condition of the gift, they have to prepay a full year's worth of insurance.
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If I give the car and put it in his name his wife may sell it (as she sold a lot of stuff we gave them so far).

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How can his wife sell his car?
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Don't do it. You already know this is a waste of your money.

If you insist on helping, how much are the repairs to his current hooptie?
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Does he not have a co-worker who would be willing to drive the carpool? Or a bicycle? Or an Uber account? Even a free car would be more expensive to operate than the first two options and, all things considered, probably competitive with the third.

If you do this, even if you successfully absolve yourself of legal liability, you will be an enabler, almost as guilty as he is. If he hurts or kills someone and there is no legal recourse for recompense, how would you feel?
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It sounds like you have already gone above and beyond to help them. I hope your wife understands that. Good luck.
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Originally Posted by HyperX View Post
Ya that I what I am thinking too...
don't be part of the problem man
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I've got a great car solution!

Five point toes for her, and lambor-feeties for him! WOOT!

If they don't like that get them matching "shoe-barus"! HAHA! Sounds like that's all they can handle, it anything, right now.
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Old 06-08-2015, 01:13 PM
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I have placed myself as lienholder on a vehicle title before. I'm no more responsible for that vehicle than a bank that does the same. But they cannot sell it until I sign off on the lien.
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Originally Posted by gs568 View Post
Some scumbag lawyer will figure out a way to blame you. Maybe as a condition of the gift, they have to prepay a full year's worth of insurance.
Yeah, then two days after they have the title they'll cancel the insurance and get a refund of most of the premium.

In PA, you are not liable for someone crashing your car except in very limited circumstances. For example, if you lend your car to someone you know has no license or is drunk, it's called negligent entrustment. If you have a good reason to believe that they'll drive it without insurance, then you could be liable for damages that they cause with your car.

If you want to lend them your car, just pay the insurance for them. Otherwise, forget it.
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