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Old 08-21-2012, 02:27 PM   #1
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Buying bike w/ no Title..advice?

I'm looking at picking up a project bike from a guy. He says VIN is clean but he lost the title. Its really a good find and what I've been looking for so I hate to pass it up. How should I proceed with the buy and minimize the hassle of getting a new title? What steps do I need to do to get a title in this situation?

I'm still waiting for him to answer my email but hopefully the "lost" title is in his name.
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well then get the vin and check that

so many stolen bikes out there I'd avoid anyone w/o a title
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Old 08-21-2012, 02:32 PM   #3
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its not worth the hassle of trying to regain a title from an owner who cant give you good details to save a few bucks.. just buy a bike with a clean title. Stress free
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I have never bought a bike with no title... I have looked at some dirt bikes that the guys did not have a title for, that seems to be quite common, but a street bike for sure would be a no no.
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if the vin checks out here

http://www.txdmv.gov/protection/buyi...itle_check.htm

and the deal is good enough to pay for a surety bond, and then 6.25% tax on 1.5 times the standard presumptive value, http://www.txdmv.gov/vehicles/titles...tive_value.htm then do it.

Don't understand the reluctance of some to buy a bike with no title if the vin checks out. As long as it's cheap enough to justify the extra cost on tax. In three years you go back to the tax office and apply for a standard, non bonded title.
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its a project bike... basically a frame and an engine. engine needs to be rebuilt and then bike to be outfitted and finished.
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its a project bike... basically a frame and an engine. engine needs to be rebuilt and then bike to be outfitted and finished.

because the rest of the bike was parted out and sold on ebay?
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Old 08-21-2012, 04:02 PM   #9
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How patient are you? If you have reached a deal, offer him a $100 to hold it with a bill of sale indicating you'll pay the rest upon receipt of title and have him get the title. At least if the deal goes bad all you would have lost is the $100.
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its a project bike... basically a frame and an engine. engine needs to be rebuilt and then bike to be outfitted and finished.
Run the vin through the links I posted, and that'll give you your answer.

This is the bonded title procedure.
http://www.txdmv.gov/vehicles/titles/bonded.htm
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if the vin checks out here

http://www.txdmv.gov/protection/buyi...itle_check.htm

and the deal is good enough to pay for a surety bond, and then 6.25% tax on 1.5 times the standard presumptive value, http://www.txdmv.gov/vehicles/titles...tive_value.htm then do it.

Don't understand the reluctance of some to buy a bike with no title if the vin checks out. As long as it's cheap enough to justify the extra cost on tax. In three years you go back to the tax office and apply for a standard, non bonded title.
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Additionally, if the bike was last titled in his name, it's cake him to send in for a new title and it's cheap.
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Additionally, if the bike was last titled in his name, it's cake him to send in for a new title and it's cheap.
that's what I was thinkin. It's pretty black and white. If the title IS in his name, and he wants to sell it...........THEN HE SHOULD GET A NEW COPY OF THE TITLE.


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Additionally, if the bike was last titled in his name, it's cake him to send in for a new title and it's cheap.
Thanks for mentioning that , and kdog is right, if that's the case he could just apply for a lost title. It has been my experience that when someone says "i lost the title" it most likely means that they never bothered transferring it before they lost it.
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the hassle, time, effort, stress, money, and labor people go through to save a few bucks..
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some people have more time to deal with the hassle and labor then they do money. nothing wrong with that
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If the title is in the sellers name, a quick trip to the regional DMV office, and a $5 fee will get you a "lost" title re-printed right then and there.

http://www.txdmv.gov/wheretogo/regional_offices.htm


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you can even do it by mail and its like $2.00 and about a week later you get a new title in the mail...anything else I would pass on...
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you can even do it by mail and its like $2.00 and about a week later you get a new title in the mail...anything else I would pass on...
That too. I thought the fee was higher though. I could be wrong.
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the hassle, time, effort, stress, money, and labor people go through to save a few bucks..
There's really no need for you to be a douche about it.
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