Okay, so I bought a trailer from a guy in Arizona who bought it from a guy in Colorado. I paid the current owner and he sent me the title, but he neglected to tell me it's still in the PO's name. The PO signed the back, and so did the guy before him, whose name is still on the title. The VIN is correct but it shows the trailer as a 2010 (!) and handmade. What the heck do I do now? My AAA says they don't handle things like this : ( I'm picturing a scenario like the one in Big Bang Theory when Sheldon goes to get his driver's permit and the DMV lady points to the sign over her head and says, "Do you see that sign? Does it say I give a damn?" LOL
Post by universalexports on Mar 1, 2012 19:10:09 GMT -5
you will probably have to get the previous owner to send the title in to the DMV then in a couple weeks he will get a new title back in his name, then he will have to sign it over to you. thats about your only option.
YOU can not title it, (I dont think), you cant apply for a lost title, (only the last legal owner can do that). pretty much anything you do will need the Owner that is on the title to do it.
I had an experience like this with a Honda civic, I bought it from a Junk yard, that said they could get the title from the person that junked it, turned out the lady had never gotten tags, and the title (that she had lost) was still in the name of a used car dealer, so I had to get the used car dealer (the cars legal owner according to the last Title the DMV had). lucky for me the used car dealer worked with me, and got a new title then signed it over to me. so I then had to send it in to get a title in my name. PITA
Thanks for all the great advice. The guy who sold it to us is treating me like I'm crazy for even thinking about contacting the previous owner to get anything. I don't think he's being dishonest or anything (he did mail me the title) - he's just extremely annoyed with me for trying to make sure we can get the title transferred before we drive to freaking Arizona from TX next week to get the thing. He even insulted me, saying that I'm wrong about everything and he hopes I make better decisions when I start renovating the trailer! I really wanted to tell him off, but I'll do that after we hook up the trailer. Then I'll tell him what I think of him.
I might be wrong but I don't think you need a title for the Westerner in Texas. However you do need to register it and for that you need a bill of sale and a prior registration receipt. Considering you are purchasing it from out of state, I don't see how they can ask for the registration receipt. I'm thinking the bill of sale might be enough. I'd check with your county office.
For sure do your homework Paige! Contact the DMV and find out what they require before your trip. I have a friend in San Antonio who still doesn't have her title on the little Santa Fe she bought in AZ...
I'm sorry you're having trouble but trust TX and insist on the proper paperwork...
Hubby checked with the supervisor at the tax office on the whole title thing - it turns out we don't need the DMV. They told him we don't have to have a title on the trailer in TX BUT if I ever sell it, people who live in states where you DO have to have a title won't want to buy it, so I would like to get this cleared up. I may contact the guy who sold it to the guy I'm buying it from and see if he'll get the ball rolling. I hope he's nicer than the seller!
Not sure about other states, but Florida has a big fat book that shows the rules of other states, and if I were to buy one from a state where a title isn't required, my DMV will verify that in said fat book, and then they will accept that and title it for me in Florida. I got into all of this not when titling my Shasta which did have a Michigan title, but when I was trying to title my '71 VW bug. It got very hairy because home state of Alabama won't title anything older than a '76, etc. So you could at least resell it to someone in Florida but of course, you won't want to sell it at all.
Post by paigenmarc on Mar 15, 2012 23:55:20 GMT -5
Bah ha ha. We picked up the trailer and brought it home. Started stripping the latex house paint off and found out it is a Siesta, not a Westerner. We are not going to try and fix this at the DMV. It's just one more thing to put a kink in the title transfer. So, we will officially own a 2010 homemade trailer. I hope.