No. To receive a car as a gift means that the gift recipient (buyer) takes possession and ownership of a vehicle without paying any monetary compensation to the gift giver (seller) for it. However, if the buyer pays monetary compensation for a car, and then attempts to claim it as a gift with the department of motor vehicles, then they are guilty of tax evasion, which is a crime that is likely to expose the buyer to an IRS audit, or much worse. If you hear the word "gift" from a buyer or a seller, call TRED immediately and do not proceed with the transaction.

BUYER FRAUD ALERT: if you are selling a car, and a buyer states that they want to claim your car as a gift with the department of motor vehicles, do not proceed with the transaction. The buyer will likely use the gift excuse to justify paying you directly for your vehicle, to taking your title directly, and very possibly to flipping your car to another buyer without ever putting their name on the title document. This is a particularly dangerous scenario for the seller, because if the buyer's payment is invalid for any reason (any form of payment can prove to be invalid until it is safely cleared in your bank account - even cash! - most payment types take days to clear), then you will be left high and dry without the ability to prosecute a buyer who was never a registered owner of your vehicle, even though that buyer effectively stole your car and then flipped it.

SELLER FRAUD ALERT: if you are buying a car, and a seller mentions that they can help you claim your car as a gift with the department of motor vehicles, do not proceed with the transaction. The seller will likely use the gift excuse to convince you to pay them directly for the vehicle without your ability to verify the car's current ownership and registration information, lien status, title status, accident history, ownership history, or audit to confirm its features and options. You do not want to be left paying for a car that has been misrepresented, or worse.

If you hear the word "gift" from a buyer or a seller, stop what you're doing and call us.

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