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Old 08-28-2011, 05:36 PM   #1
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i ran a search on the forums but it was only for getting lost titles to sell bikes or along those lines

may pick up a ninja 500 for my sister as a gift but the guy never got the title from the previous owner, is it possible to get a title or at least get it registered. if so how much and what would be needed. thanks
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Old 08-28-2011, 05:41 PM   #2
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couldnt edit the post, would it be cheaper to find a titled frame?
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Old 08-28-2011, 08:32 PM   #3
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probably easier and cheaper to just buy a bike that has the title with it from a seller that is less likely to screw you or sell you a stolen bike.
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Before you give the guy any money - write down the VIN# and head to the tax office. Tell them you are trying to buy it and need to get a title. They can steer you in the right direction. They will do a search to see who it is registered to and should be able to tell you if it is stolen (this would be the best way to find out before you buy it). If the registered owner will sign the title that they are selling it to you - no problem.
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Bonded title.
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Old 08-28-2011, 09:19 PM   #6
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Walk away and find another bike with a clear title. There are so many bikes for sale, why stick on one that will be waay more hassle than you think.
Do yourself a favor and walk away.

If you decide not to follow this advice, learned from experience, then please post up what you did to get it right. I'd like to hear about the steps you had to take.
If you are thinking about just blowing it off and not worrying about the title, that can cause a world of trouble also. Might even get your sister arrested.
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Walk away and find another bike with a clear title. There are so many bikes for sale, why stick on one that will be waay more hassle than you think.
Do yourself a favor and walk away.

If you decide not to follow this advice, learned from experience, then please post up what you did to get it right. I'd like to hear about the steps you had to take.
If you are thinking about just blowing it off and not worrying about the title, that can cause a world of trouble also. Might even get your sister arrested.

ill try the vin route first, the bike is only $600 and needs work but runs and is electrically sound. i'll definitely keep you all updated
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It is a huge pita, but Jason might have the best idea, Bonded?
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More trouble than it's worth imo and even with a bonded title in some cases the holder of the original title csn claim the bike. I'd pass.
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Several options...

1. Track down original owner from the VIN or the seller if he has that info. Take him to the TxDOT VTR office to get a replacement title. He can then sign it over to you. This will cost about $8 and then regular registration fees.

2. Bonded title. This requires a trip to the VTR and the registration place. Cost will be dependent on the NADA value of the bike and where you purchase the surety bond from. You will also have to pay regular registration fees as well.

I would ignore the people saying that you should stay away, if you are organized and patient. The bonded title process is very simple. The first option might be difficult, and even if you do track the "titled owner" down, he/she may not want to help you out at all.

If you don't want to do the footwork, walk away.
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