So I bought a car recently. The dealer (a legit Ford dealership in Iowa, not some shady used car place on the side of the road) sent me the title (I live in Japan but bought a car for my return later this year so I have something right away), I signed it to transfer ownership, and they sent it in to Minnesota (where I will be) to get it registered and transferred over to me. So basically I bought a car from out of state, no big deal, happens all the time. Well, the license plates showed up for it, and it's registered and legal to drive now in Minnesota as it should be, registered in my name, also as it should be as my name was on the registration app. However, the state rejected the title transfer. They said that the Iowa title submitted was void, because there was a newer Iowa title in their database. They sent me a letter saying that I need to sign and submit that most recent Iowa title instead, at which point they then will issue the proper Minnesota title to me. I contacted my salesman on this, and he had no clue what to do, so he has forwarded this issue onto the sales manager, and I'm waiting to hear back. So, in short--I bought a car, but the title that they had me sign was not the most recent one, and since the newest title always voids previous versions, that means the title I signed was void, so the state won't give me a new title in my name until I/we submit the most recent title. Truthfully I'm not sure how this slipped past the dealer when they took the car in on trade. The car has a clear title, but I'm surprised the dealer was able to take it in on trade on an older title (their name is on the title I signed, from when they took the car in on trade) instead of the most recent one. My guess is the previous owner probably thought he lost the title and applied for a duplicate to replace it, then somehow found the older one and accidentally traded the car in with the older title by accident instead of the newer one. If the previous owner can be contacted and locate the newest title, I guess that would be the best...but if not, then where are we at? I've got a paid for car sitting in the old man's driveway with current plates and registration in my name, but I don't yet own it legally since the title hasn't been transferred yet. What would happen? Would the dealer have to take the car back and refund my money or what? What about the registration in my name, even if they did that? Mistakes like this shouldn't happen at a major dealer, IMO.