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Old 08-01-2014, 01:51 PM   #1
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Regarding Impounded bike/ new ownership law

Okay, so i sold my bike a couple of years ago and sign the bill of sales/title over to the new owner. I guess he never transferred the title over to his name and now i just received a letter from a impound that it's sitting there. It's still legally mines since it's still under my name right? But these charges and fee's are adding up each day. It doesn't look like the owner is interested in getting the bike back so what should i do?
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Old 08-01-2014, 01:59 PM   #2
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Also, i have no way to get in touch with this guy..never had this kind of issue before. Can someone chime in and help me out?
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Old 08-01-2014, 01:59 PM   #3
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I would go get it. He can pay the fees if he wants it back from you
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Old 08-01-2014, 02:04 PM   #4
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I would go get it. He can pay the fees if he wants it back from you
but the letter says i need proof of ownership. I don't have the title anymore. I can go get a duplicate title but what if he shows up with the originally title with my signature and the bill of sales?
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but the letter says i need proof of ownership. I don't have the title anymore. I can go get a duplicate title but what if he shows up with the originally title with my signature and the bill of sales?
Id roll the dice and do it. if its worth it Id do it but its totally up to you.
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Old 08-01-2014, 02:15 PM   #6
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Not your problem. Tell them you have no intention of picking up the bike. Do not tell them you sold it just say you aren't going to pick it up. After about 45 days they will sell the bike to cover storage fees. If any amount is left over they will be required to send you a check. If the amount does not cover it and they call you again wanting you to cover the difference then you tell them you sold the vehicle years ago and they will most likely leave you alone. You never once lied and a check may appear in your mailbox and you just play dumb and cash it. Or you can pick it up but there seems to be a bit more of a liability that way.
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It's not legally yours if you signed and handed over the title. There should be an option somewhere on the letter you received, where you can state you no longer own the vehicle.
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Old 08-01-2014, 02:23 PM   #8
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Not your problem. Tell them you have no intention of picking up the bike. Do not tell them you sold it just say you aren't going to pick it up. After about 45 days they will sell the bike to cover storage fees. If any amount is left over they will be required to send you a check. If the amount does not cover it and they call you again wanting you to cover the difference then you tell them you sold the vehicle years ago and they will most likely leave you alone. You never once lied and a check may appear in your mailbox and you just play dumb and cash it. Or you can pick it up but there seems to be a bit more of a liability that way.
I've never heard of this before..is there a article where i can read more about this?


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It's not legally yours if you signed and handed over the title. There should be an option somewhere on the letter you received, where you can state you no longer own the vehicle.
yea i was thinking the same. I just don't want to see the bike rot there :'[
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or you can just take your happy up there and show your DL as you are the titled owner and pay the fees and if the asshat wants it back make him pay the fees and your time at a reasonable rate of about 82.50 per hour. it is still legally your vehicle, maybe not morally but legally because you can be sued for anything the asshat did while riding it
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or you can just take your happy up there and show your DL as you are the titled owner and pay the fees and if the asshat wants it back make him pay the fees and your time at a reasonable rate of about 82.50 per hour. it is still legally your vehicle, maybe not morally but legally because you can be sued for anything the asshat did while riding it
If the seller signed the back of the title, then it is not legally his. And that is all the proof the buyer needs. The fact that the buyer hasn't done the title transfer doesn't mean the the seller gets the vehicle back on top of the money he collected.
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I've never heard of this before..is there a article where i can read more about this?



yea i was thinking the same. I just don't want to see the bike rot there :'[
Just google Texas storage lien.
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Old 08-02-2014, 06:38 PM   #12
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I'd go pick it up
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Old 08-02-2014, 06:47 PM   #13
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I'm suprised no one has asked what kind of bike it is. Please, do tell
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I wouldn't touch that. If you want it back, buy it back at the auction.
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Seen this one before......

Towing laws are F'd. Buyer cannot pick it up without a title in his name. He probably can't get the title now without possession of the bike.

Tow company wants nothing more than to get another free vehicle to auction off. They make WAY more off storage and auctions than off towing fees.


I'd go get it if it were me. Eff the tow yard. If the guy wants to pay you for your trouble great. If not, just as well. Good chance he's in jail now anyway.
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Old 08-02-2014, 09:18 PM   #16
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Not your problem. Tell them you have no intention of picking up the bike. Do not tell them you sold it just say you aren't going to pick it up. After about 45 days they will sell the bike to cover storage fees. If any amount is left over they will be required to send you a check. If the amount does not cover it and they call you again wanting you to cover the difference then you tell them you sold the vehicle years ago and they will most likely leave you alone. You never once lied and a check may appear in your mailbox and you just play dumb and cash it. Or you can pick it up but there seems to be a bit more of a liability that way.
Sounds like a good, solid plan. Exactly what I would do.
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Seen this one before......

Towing laws are F'd. Buyer cannot pick it up without a title in his name. He probably can't get the title now without possession of the bike.

Tow company wants nothing more than to get another free vehicle to auction off. They make WAY more off storage and auctions than off towing fees.


I'd go get it if it were me. Eff the tow yard. If the guy wants to pay you for your trouble great. If not, just as well. Good chance he's in jail now anyway.
this is why I'd go pick it up. I've worked for multiple towing companies and I know how they operate.

for them to accept a "bill of sale" both parties would need to be there, the guy would need to have the funds to pick the bike up on top of that. if the title is in your name, you can pick it up with your ID...no need for the title in hand. They will run it through the DMV and it will be impounded under your name anyway most likely.

Chances are he's not getting it back, make sure to look at the bike before you pay to get it back as well...it may be totaled and they will swindle your to make a buck.

Tow company: "Sure, bikes fine"
You: Ok, hands cash over. Goes to look at bike....WTF? TOTALED!!
Tow company: Not my problem anymore, haul it out of here.

After you pay and sign, there is nothing you can do.

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Go get the bike. I bet the towing company wont let you see it untill they have money from you. I had a friend that had his bike towed many times because he was a dumbass. one time he had a plate from my scooter on his FZR and he got caught racing. I had to go pick the bike up for him. All required was my drivers licence. They would not let us look at the bike untill we paid.
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go get a new title and get the bike. If the other guy wants the bike he can pay you for the fees.
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I'd go get it,....
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