A Curbstoner AKA Title Jumper is an unlicensed car dealer peddling cars with open titles that may not be transferable.
eBay has had a problem with curbstoners for a long time. Their cure was a VPP Exclusion that didn’t cover receiving a title, but not being able to transfer it. AKA The Curbstoner Exclusion
On the leading automotive website, autotrader.com sellers can list 3 cars in a 12 month period, when they try to list a 4th car the system boots them off and gives them a link to become a registered dealer on the site.
eBay don’t care if someone gets stuck with a title they can’t transfer, because they have this Curbstoner Exclusion on their Vehicle Purchase Protection Program (VPP). Under Situations that are not covered by VPP: #13 = Receiving a title that is not signed, is improperly assigned, or receiving a title but not being able to register the vehicle. eBay INC is only interested in one thing, collecting fees. So you can peddle as many open titled cars on their site as long as you pay your fees!
Meg Whitmans Successor, CEO John Donahoe is really concerned about the buyers experience on eBay, but here on Motors crappy deals like this one seem to go down regularly. It looks like Donahoe isn’t the slightest bit concerned about his Motors site since Amazon does not sell used cars. EBM for a fact a few years ago was the biggest income earner for eBay USA.
So here is a guy that bought a bargain car but can’t title it in his name because the curbstoner printed his name on the buyers line, but didn’t pay the taxes and register it in his name. Buyer is up the creek without a paddle.
Be sure to read Doc’s popular article, Used Car Buying And Selling Internet Advice. The butt you save just might wind up being your own. 😉