I purchased a car and put the insurance in my friends name. She is not giving the car back what can I do?

I paid for the car knowing she would take care of the insurance until I got my end sorted out. I let her take the car because she has a daughter and is going through hard times. When I asked her to bring the car back she came up with excuses and I haven't seen it now for two weeks.
Can I just take the car

I paid for the car knowing she would take care of the insurance until I got my end sorted out. I let her take the car because she has a daughter and is going through hard times. When I asked her to bring the car back she came up with excuses and I haven't seen it now for two weeks.
Can I just take the car back? What legally can I do?

It was a purchase from a private seller not from a lot my name isn't on papers, but the seller would say it was me he sold it to. What now?

Other answer:

Madisen:
If your name isn't listed as the legal owner on the title there's virtually nothing you can do legally speaking at this point to get the car (or your money) back. Legally it belongs to whoever is listed as the owner on the title.

That said, you can immediately cancel the insurance policy on it or at least take her/the car off your existing insurance policy. That would make it illegal for her to drive it – you could use the threat of that as a bargaining chip but at best you'll probably just end up not having to pay for insurance on it any more, she probably still won't give you the car or your money back because she's not legally obligated to give it to you if your name isn't on the title.

Long story short, never pay a dime for a car without your name on that title first. Good luck with whatever happens.

lucy:
Just because you paid the money to the "prior" seller means nothing.

If the prior seller shows your friend as the buyer, then your friend OWNS the vehicle, so you have no legal right to this vehicle.

Now if, you are paying for the insurance, then you are stupid, since the insurance would show her as the owner which is right, and if for instance any damages to "this" car, then they pay her vs you, since she is the legal owner.

Let her pay for the insurance, since if in fact she is the owner, she would be on the hook, if the daughter in an accident, and they can sue her the (owner) and her daughter if driving.

Unless, you have some kind of document you drew up about this vehicle that she would pay you and she signed, then you have absolutely no legal rights.

Never ever loan money to someone without an agreement in writing, which appears you did not get.

bluemazdatruck1995:
Insurance has nothing to do with ownership of a vehicle. Who is registered as the owner with the DMV? That is all that matters. If it's not you, you dont own the car, legally, and you need proof that you purchased the car and you will have to take her to small claims court to either reclaim your property or have her repay you the amount of the purchase.

If you do have the registration in your name, and she refuses to return your vehicle, you must go and file a small claims suit in court, provide proof that you are the registered owner and she has refused to give your property back. The judge will order the property returned immedietly.

Obi Wan Knievel:
What now is you're still an idiot. You purchased a car for your friend. As far as the law is concerned, it's not your car at all. The title and insurance are in her name, which means it's her vehicle.

Next time don't be such a sucker.

STEPHEN:
The insurance has nothing to do with anything. It's whose name is on the ownership documentation.
If her name is there it's her car. If it's in your name it's your car and you can take the car, irrespective of any insurance.
Madisen:
RE THE ANSWERS ABOVE
I am asking for a friend so I'm not really sure about the Title as she just bought it from a private seller and she only told me about the insurance situation. Even if the seller said she was the one he sold it to that doesn't matter at all? Thanks for quick responses guys!
g:
Who is the named title holder, Madisen? Whoever that might be is the legal owner of the vehicle, regardless of whom may have paid for or insured the vehicle.
coraann:
You could go to her residence and take it, but you could not drive it away,since
you have no insurance. You could be stopped and the car would be impounded.
You have no title and she will likely report it stolen. That lands you in jail.
StephenWeinstein:
If your name isn't on the papers, then it's not your car. You can't do anything, because it's not your car. If you take, then you are stealing it, because it is someone else's car that doesn't belong to you.