Secretary of State
When you buy a new or used vehicle from a Michigan dealer, the dealer:
Before accepting delivery of the vehicle, check to make sure all promised options and equipment have been included. It is recommended you have the vehicle inspected by your own certified mechanic. Test drive the vehicle again to make sure it is working properly.
By law, the dealer must give you a copy of each document when you sign it. Never sign any blank documents or sign a document without reading it carefully. The dealer should give you:
If you are purchasing a used vehicle, the dealer must show you the previous owner's title. Examine it carefully. If the title is an orange color and shows "this vehicle was previously issued a salvage title", the vehicle was previously issued a salvage title, probably due to vehicle damage. You are entitled to a salvage disclosure form from the dealer if the vehicle is under 8,000 pounds and less than six model years old, or over 8,000 pounds and less than 16 model years old.
You can expect to receive a new title within 30 days. Review it for accuracy. If there are errors, contact your local Secretary of State Branch Office.
Always keep your title in a safe place. Do not keep the title in your vehicle.
If you have a complaint with a vehicle dealer, first talk to the owner or manager. When you bring a problem to the manager's attention, you may be able to work out a settlement.
If this does not resolve the problem, you may contact the Secretary of State's Office in one of three ways: