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Old 05-27-2011, 11:50 AM   #1
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I sold a bike a couple of years ago and the buyer never transfer the title to his name. The new owner has asked me to go with him to transfer it. Should I? I'm not very comfy with.... Your thoughts?
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Old 05-27-2011, 11:54 AM   #2
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You can go with him, or write him a notarized letter.
The thing is that you can and should only state facts.
Who you sold it to, and when. Thats it.
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Old 05-27-2011, 11:54 AM   #3
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Did you give him a signed title transfer form along with the title?

If no, or if he lost it, just fill another one, but here's the kick, back then the title transfer form is different (slightly) from the one currently used, so you cannot use the current one with a date from two years ago.

You can just make a bill of sale, dated back then, that is enough for him to change the title.

Have you gotten any fines from the bike? i.e. the guy running red lights or toll booths with the bike?
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Old 05-27-2011, 12:02 PM   #4
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I had that situation a few months ago. I sold a bike to a fellow MH, he never transfer the title to his name. Then a few months later, I was contacted by the new owner asking me to help him out transfering the title.

I decided against it for a few reasons:

* When I sold the bike, I notified DPS about the transfer.
* The new owner was in Austin.
* By doing so, it would mean I never sold the bike to the guy I sold it to. Thus making me liable for whatever occured during that period of time.

I would do it if it was a closed friend, not for a stranger though. That is just my 2 cents.

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Old 05-27-2011, 12:04 PM   #5
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^exactly. I'm pretty sure nothing has happened but by doing so I would be responsible.
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Old 05-27-2011, 12:13 PM   #6
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If you signed over the title and dated it when you sold it, I figure you're good on liability, regardless of what the subsequent owner did or failed to do. This is also why it's a good idea to fill out and send in that DMV form letting them know you're no longer the registered owner.

I'm kind of with Irak on this. Sure, for a close friend. Not sure about anyone else. Worst case, this guy can get a bonded title, and he's out a bit more $.
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That new purchaser is going to pay an assload of fees
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Old 05-27-2011, 12:33 PM   #8
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Another idea might be to make the guy you sold it to, transfer it to his name and THEN the new buyer can transfer it to his.
Nobody wants to pay the tax so they don't transfer, why should the guy you sold it to, get a free pass?
Tell 'em it's that or hit the road.
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Old 05-27-2011, 12:37 PM   #9
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Another idea might be to make the guy you sold it to, transfer it to his name and THEN the new buyer can transfer it to his.
Nobody wants to pay the tax so they don't transfer, why should the guy you sold it to, get a free pass?.
yup... I just had to do the same thing so I don't have issues sellling the bike. Now when it comes to track bikes I don't know many who tranfer titles or register MSO's. I just kept the title and BOA on me at all times.


Thanks for the confirmation guys.
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Its the sellers problem not yours tell him to take it back to who he actually bought it from make it his problem.
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Old 05-27-2011, 12:41 PM   #11
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Had this issue before. The original owner was nice enough to file a form for a duplicate title and had it sent to my house..

It's up to you whether you want to help the guy out.. maybe a couple bucks your way?

Heck, technically speaking the bike is still in your name... go repo it!
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Old 05-27-2011, 12:59 PM   #12
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Had this issue before. The original owner was nice enough to file a form for a duplicate title and had it sent to my house..
I was helped out that way too. The original owner was willing to have the titled mailed to him so he could sign it over to me. Except for a BOS it was like the 2nd owner never existed.
He didn't have to he was just a nice guy and helped me out. FWIW it was Jim Cambora, (might as well give him some props)


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Heck, technically speaking the bike is still in your name... go repo it!
This is true, but you'd have to be a pretty hard case to screw somebody like that. AND willing to face possible repercussions, like a asswhoopin, lol.
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Old 05-27-2011, 01:00 PM   #13
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I'm not looking to screw anyone over... Just trying to cover my .
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yeah, the form for duplicate title was like $2, but requires a copy of the owners DL. I had it mailed to my address and filled it out from there.
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Old 05-27-2011, 01:38 PM   #15
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tell them you are out of state.

did you sign and date the title? what are you needed for? is he wanting you to get a replacement title and sign it for a recent date?
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