On 2006-03-16 07:04, FEandGoingBroke wrote:
Don't do a bonded title... they screw with the paper title for years and like to scare off potential buyers... Go through the DMV/MVA whatever you call yours and ask hot to get a title! I got one for my '70 F100 without paying a dime. I used what is called a Mechanics Lean- easy way if you have $15 bucks to mail a certified letter...
The second and most honest way is to have the DMV search the VIN for the name of the last registered owner, and send them a letter! But you must know the last state it was titled in for it to work sufficiently...
Thirdly-- Make it a totally custom ride and stamp your OWN vin# into the dash and frame and tell the DMV to register and title it in your name because it's your car that you Custom Made... that's a little extreem but they do it with Dune Buggies and the odd stuff like that!
FE...not to pick on you but, in Texas, a bonded title is the best way, and it guarantees any future buyer that someone won't/can't come claim the car, because they legally can't do it. It took ten days to get the title the last time I did this. This is the next step after the VIN search and letter to the previous owner, as you suggested above. The custom ride thing......not if it was ever a production car, nice thought though.
You echo the same sentiments voiced in the first reply. Again, this subject keeps coming up because its something that car guys are often tempted with. The issue is whether that "derelict" wreck is really a good project or is it what was leftover after being stripped. You don't have to go too far back to find pleas for assistance in tracking down someones stolen project.On 2006-03-16 21:28, Humphrey351 wrote:
I am sure this will ruffle a few feathers here, but I really have to ask this...why is it whenever some one needs to find out how to register a car without a title, they ask here first? I know the idea behind this board is to share information and experience, but this is an issue concerning legalities. To me it makes more sense to contact your local DMV, or MVA about this...since THEY will be the ones you need to deal with, it would (at least to me) be the BEST place to start with since they are the ones who know what you need to do. Here you will get (like you already have) a boat load of different suggestions and ideas, different laws and opinions for almost all 50 states (and sometimes Canada too...don't want to leave our friends up North out) and hardly will the info be accurate for your specific area or situation (like the suggestion about putting on a new VIN, if the vehicle came from the manufacturer with a VIN, and you change it...I do believe that is a Federal Offense...which is why if you read about the Shelby history, Shelby had to have FBI watch them closely as the changed the VIN's on the left over 69's to make them into 70 models). I do agree with Sharpshot, you can (and probably might ) be told conflicting information in regards to what you need to do by calling the DMV sometimes, if that happens, question them about it, or check out the DMV online, most information is already posted there for you and generally is accurate. You can also run it by your car insurance agent, since they need to insure the vehicle, they should have a decent working knowledge on what you need to do to accomplish this.
Again, I know I may ruffle a few feathers, and that is not my intention...but I feel when it comes to issues of legal nature...contact your local authorities on it, don't rely on the suggestions from people who are in other areas and states, every state has it's own "policy" on what it requires. That is just my opinion, so hopefully no offense is taken by this. I just would hate to see a posting at a later date where you took someones "advice" here and later it cost you a bunch of fines, court time...or worse you lose the car after fixing it all up.
Just my .02 cents worth.
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