Do I need title insurance if I'm paying for my aircraft without financing?

Adam answers in July's edition. 
AOPA Aviation Finance

Question: I'm in the process of buying my first airplane. I'm planning to pay for it without financing. Do I need title insurance?  If so, where can I get it?

Answer: While title insurance may not be necessary, it does help with peace of mind. Especially when purchasing an older aircraft that may have gone through several ownership changes. Title insurance will protect you in the event a prior registration or bill of sale was filed incorrectly. AIC can assist in acquiring title insurance if you wish to purchase it. At the very least a thorough title search should be conducted prior to purchase through one of the aircraft title an escrow companies in Oklahoma City. AOPA members receive a discount through our strategic partner, Aero-Space Reports, for using their title and escrow services. Please feel free to reach back out to us if any other questions should arise during your purchase, we’d be happy to help.

Question: I have an Experimental GlaStar that I built and have flown for 20 years, can I get an appraisal on that from AOPA?  Let me know what information on the plane you need if you can do it. 

Answer: AOPA does not offer in house appraisal services. We utilize tools such as VREF and Aircraft Blue Book to determine value. Experimental aircraft, however, do not have book values. VREF offers certified desktop appraisal services but an appraisal can be obtained from any appraiser licensed with the Professional Aircraft Appraisal Organization ( or American Society of Appraisers (

Have questions for Adam? He is happy to answer them. Submit your questions here. Great rates. Great terms. Helpful and responsive reps. Three good reasons to turn to AOPA Aviation Finance when you are buying an airplane. If you need a dependable source of financing with people who are on your side, just call 800.62.PLANE (75263) or click here to request a quote.

Adam Meredith
Adam Meredith
President of AOPA Aviation Finance Company
Adam Meredith, the longtime president of AOPA Aviation Finance Co., died after a long battle with cancer in December 2023. He is remembered for his passion for helping fellow pilots, leading a team devoted to putting flight training and aircraft ownership within everyone’s reach.
Topics: AOPA Aviation Finance Co, AOPA Products and Services, Ownership

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