Can You Sell a Vehicle to Somebody Under 18?
In Texas, there is no age restriction in place for individuals wanting to be recorded on the title and registration as the owner of a vehicle. However, many dealers and car insurance companies prefer not sell or insure a buyer who is still a minor (under 18 years of age) because of the legal ramifications it creates. This blog post examines some of those ramifications and what a dealer should know before he or she sells to a minor.
A minor has the right to enter into a contract (both verbal and written); however, in most states the minor may void a contract before they reach the age of 18. A dealer selling to a 17-year-old will often request that a parent or guardian sign on the bill of sale and other contractual paperwork. Doing this makes the adult who signed on the contract bound to the contract terms, even if the minor is not.
In general, know that a minor can purchase a car but there are some risks.