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Old 08-13-2010, 08:36 AM   #1
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Title Transfer Penalty or Claim Lost Title?

I was looking at a bike but the seller never transferred the title to his name. The original owner signed the title and title application back in the fall of 2006. The title penalty is $25 for each month plus 10% sales tax penalty. So it's basically 48 months x $25 = $1200 penalty. Plus another $200 (or so) for sales tax fee.

Would it be possible to claim lost title and do the deal cheaper?? Or would the original seller get some kind of notice about his old bike being sold and possibly cause trouble??

Man, why didn't this guy selling the bike never transfer title to his name?? It keeps getting worse as each month passes too.
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Old 08-13-2010, 09:03 AM   #2
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tell the seller if he wants to sell his bike to deduct the penalty from the sales price
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Old 08-13-2010, 09:08 AM   #3
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I got off the phone with DMV. They said the sale of the bike is grandfathered since the penalty didn't take effect until 1/1/2008. So there's some kind of sales tax penalty of 10% plus regular title/registration fees.
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i ran around for like 9 months w/o transferring b/c i couldn't afford the tax. when i went to the tax office they didn't charge me this $25 per month, just a small tax penalty. $30, iirc
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now they will jack you up. I saw a lady have to pay a $400 penalty due to the title not being transferred
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Old 08-13-2010, 11:04 AM   #7
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Yea, dude, same situation with me. Guy I bought it from never xferred the title. I had to pay like $300. Wasn't too bad, but still....could've avoided all that if he woulda xferred the title in his name to begin with !
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I paid a $100 fine in addition to taxes on my S10 when I bought it....I was only 2 months late too.....learned my lesson.
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depending on the value of the vehicle, a bonded title may also cost less.
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depending on the value of the vehicle, a bonded title may also cost less.
What he said...
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thats bull.... dmv always looking for a way to make money
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thats bull.... dmv always looking for a way to make money
Yeah, it's ridiculous to actually have to abide by the rules.
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OK guys, I bought the bike (Honda Shadow ACE 1100) with a title that was signed on 10/2006 and never transferred to current owner. The $25/month penalty went into effect 1/2008 for a title that isn't transferred within 20 days of sale date. The title I was working with was exempt because it was signed prior to 1/2008. Long story short, the tax/title office charged me $240 (or so) for everything (tax, title, renew registration, 10% tax penalty, etc).

Bought the bike Friday around 11:30A, went home and bought/printed insurance, made my way to Global Motorsports for a new battery (seller disclosed this), ran over to the tax/title office in Tomball, scooted down the street to the inspection station next to the railroad tracks (alternator shop, really nice man there), and made it back home about 4P. Bike is fully legal, current everything, title is on its way!
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well thats actually cheap.
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OK guys, I bought the bike (Honda Shadow ACE 1100) with a title that was signed on 10/2006 and never transferred to current owner. The $25/month penalty went into effect 1/2008 for a title that isn't transferred within 20 days of sale date. The title I was working with was exempt because it was signed prior to 1/2008. Long story short, the tax/title office charged me $240 (or so) for everything (tax, title, renew registration, 10% tax penalty, etc).

Bought the bike Friday around 11:30A, went home and bought/printed insurance, made my way to Global Motorsports for a new battery (seller disclosed this), ran over to the tax/title office in Tomball, scooted down the street to the inspection station next to the railroad tracks (alternator shop, really nice man there), and made it back home about 4P. Bike is fully legal, current everything, title is on its way!
I did the exact same thing friday on another bike I picked up, Skip (Discount starter and alternator) is a good friend of mine, and just fyi guys U can get a affadavid saying the original deal never took place and put a current date
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I did the exact same thing friday on another bike I picked up, Skip (Discount starter and alternator) is a good friend of mine, and just fyi guys U can get a affadavid saying the original deal never took place and put a current date
Skip is a good guy... if you're up in the Tomball area and need an inspection, he's your guy!

I forgot to mention: both the title and form 130 just had the original owner's signature/date on them. Everything else (buyer info) was blank on both documents.

Curious: when you say affidavit do you mean there is a State form somewhere or do you just write something up on paper? I looked on the Tx DMV site but couldn't find anything like what you're saying. Thanks.
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That's cool, glad you got off without having to pay all those extra fines.
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Guy was pretty brave riding a bike around for four years that wasn't in his name
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Guy was pretty brave riding a bike around for four years that wasn't in his name
Yep... he told me something about getting a ticket and that was the last point on his license, etc. I was looking/listening to bike when he was telling me this so I wasn't paying too close attention.
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