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Old 08-18-2011, 11:21 AM   #1
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Arrow Selling a vehicle with a bonded title in Texas

Are there any restrictions, drawbacks etc.

Is the bond/surety transferrable??
Does the new owner need to pay a fee for that??

Scouted the DMV site but not very helpful!

A vehicle with a bonded title is worth less than exactly the same with a clean blue title, yes or no?


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Old 08-18-2011, 11:44 AM   #2
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"A vehicle with a bonded title is worth less than exactly the same with a clean blue title, yes or no?"


Yes, if for no other reason then the hassle.....
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Old 08-18-2011, 12:01 PM   #4
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"A vehicle with a bonded title is worth less than exactly the same with a clean blue title, yes or no?"


Yes, if for no other reason then the hassle.....
the hassle of what??? please explain
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Doesn't a bonded title eventually turn into a regular title after a period of time?
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Ya like 3 or 5 years

During such time the actual owner can file to reclaim ownership
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Old 08-18-2011, 01:14 PM   #7
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Doesn't a bonded title eventually turn into a regular title after a period of time?
yes, after 3 years.

I'm trying to find out if transferring ownership changes that and what if any fees (besides the normal) are applicable to the buyer
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My friend had a bonded title truck a while back and im pretty sure it was 2 years before you could sell it to anyone else.
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If there is a bonded title, that means that a surety bond had to be purchased, which is just insurance to protect the owner who bought the vehicle without the title. It is not a hassle to buy a vehicle with a bonded title. After three years a clean title is issued to the current bonded title holder. I have researched this, if you have any questions, PM me.
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If there is a bonded title, that means that a surety bond had to be purchased, which is just insurance to protect the owner who bought the vehicle without the title. It is not a hassle to buy a vehicle with a bonded title. After three years a clean title is issued to the current bonded title holder. I have researched this, if you have any questions, PM me.
thanks

so are there any restrictions to selling the vehicle within the 3 year period if you are the original bond holder?

eg. I get a bonded title on a bike, a year down the line I want to sell it, is that/would that be a problem?
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my title came 2 weeks later after I submitted all my paperwork. It says no where on it that it is a vehicle with a "Bonded Title", unless I am totally missing it.

I wonder if it has anything to do with how long it was out of registration or something.
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Nope, you can sell it as normal during that 3 year period... the bond sticks with the title. Had to research this recently as well. Also once already bonded it has to be bonded for I think it's 1.5x the value of the vehicle, so there shouldn't be any issues with value after someone else has obtained the bond... if you have to get it yourself, you want to account for that in the price you pay though because you'll likely be paying about $15 for every 1000 of the bond amount in addition to tax & title with a minimum bond cost of $100.
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A bonded title is fully transferable. If for some reason someone makes a claim for the vehicle, they do not get the vehicle back. They get paid by the bonding company for the amount of the bond. The bond is insurance against the unlikely event that the person will make a claim.
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no there is no restriction to selling within the 3 year period. if you have a bonded title, the bond transfers to the next owner, until the 3 year period is over, then you must file for a clear title. i have a bonded title on my bike, cost was around $245 to get then had to go get it registered.
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Nope, you can sell it as normal during that 3 year period... the bond sticks with the title. Had to research this recently as well. Also once already bonded it has to be bonded for I think it's 1.5x the value of the vehicle, so there shouldn't be any issues with value after someone else has obtained the bond... if you have to get it yourself, you want to account for that in the price you pay though because you'll likely be paying about $15 for every 1000 of the bond amount in addition to tax & title with a minimum bond cost of $100.
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A bonded title is fully transferable. If for some reason someone makes a claim for the vehicle, they do not get the vehicle back. They get paid by the bonding company for the amount of the bond. The bond is insurance against the unlikely event that the person will make a claim.
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no there is no restriction to selling within the 3 year period. if you have a bonded title, the bond transfers to the next owner, until the 3 year period is over, then you must file for a clear title. i have a bonded title on my bike, cost was around $245 to get then had to go get it registered.
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thanks for the detailed answers, been a great help .
I assume the new owner files for the clear title after 3 years and not the original owner who applied for and bought the bonded title before selling?
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Correct the new owner applies for the clear title!
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when i bought my bike i did the bond title on my because the guy never put it in his name from the original own. i only pay about 200 for title taxes and the whole bond it was kinda easy the only real good thing is in my cause instead of having 3 people own this bike since new its the original person and me for the history on my bike
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Thanks for the info guys, I'm going to have to go through this process as well.
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