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Posted: 04/13/19 10:57am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

As is usually the case, this thread has a lot of good discussion......and some not so good.

Given what little we know, it might not even be possible for the OP to become the legal owner of this vehicle.

For all we know, it could be STOLEN.

First, he needs to find out the legal status of the vehicle from the authorities; either the DMV in his state or Florida.

THEN he needs to follow their advice as to what to do next.

I personally would try to get the dealer put in jail.....but that's just me and it won't help the immediate problem.

All this discussion about electronic versus paper titles is not helpful to the OP in the least.


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tropical36 wrote:

JoeH wrote:

Yeah, here in FL, they sort of push the title. I always opt for a paper title. It does take a few weeks to get one vs instant for e title.

Now, if the OP ever returns, he could check status at FL DMV VIN check

AGain, you can get an instant paper title at one of the DMV locations for an extra $10 (it used to be $7), like we always have, when dealing directly with the seller. Last time, was with a consignment dealer, who had the seller's title in hand.


It depends on if the local tax collector office offers the service of same day printing. My local office does not offer that, so if I want paper, it comes thru the mail a couple weeks later.


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JoeH wrote:

tropical36 wrote:

JoeH wrote:

Yeah, here in FL, they sort of push the title. I always opt for a paper title. It does take a few weeks to get one vs instant for e title.

Now, if the OP ever returns, he could check status at FL DMV VIN check

AGain, you can get an instant paper title at one of the DMV locations for an extra $10 (it used to be $7), like we always have, when dealing directly with the seller. Last time, was with a consignment dealer, who had the seller's title in hand.


It depends on if the local tax collector office offers the service of same day printing. My local office does not offer that, so if I want paper, it comes thru the mail a couple weeks later.

Yeah, very well could be, as I've only used two different offices over the years for such.


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Posted: 04/14/19 10:24am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

JoeH wrote:

Yeah, here in FL, they sort of push the title. I always opt for a paper title. It does take a few weeks to get one vs instant for e title.

Now, if the OP ever returns, he could check status at FL DMV VIN check
According to OP, the used vehicle he purchased from the Florida dealer was traded in by someone from Georgia. Dealers do not register vehicles and obtain new titles on trades, they just hold the title given to them by the seller and only assign and forward it when they sell that trade. It is not uncommon for a used vehicle to be sold and transferred to numerous dealers before it is actually sold to a retail customer. Florida would not need to be involved in the title for the OP's transaction at all. Georgia title on the vehicle at time of trade, sold to a Pennsylvania customer who is responsible for registering it in Pennsylvania. I still believe it is likely the dealer did send the title and due to the OP's illness they missed it. Four years later the dealer has no interest, and likely no legal obligation to get involved. The OP really needs to find a sympathetic ear at the Pennsylvania Motor Vehicle Department who can help them.

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(I am the OP)
Thank you to everyone who took the time to respond.

I have researched, and taken your ideas with me to DMVs in 3 states and the Title and Tag office (PA has apparently outsourced to private companies and doesn’t handle it themselves anymore). Everyone agrees it must be fixed in my home state. Sadly, they insist here is nothing that they can do without a vehicle title.

Georgia’s DMV suggested a bonded title (expensive, but it seems my only hope) sadly, local Title offices had never heard of it. I never thought I would long to talk to an actual DMV worker LOL.

So, I must start looking for an attorney to handle it. The MH had been stored for 3 years but had to be moved. Now, the MH is currently in a mechanics lot where it was supposed to get inspected. It will have to be towed since it cannot be on the road legally until this is resolved. More money, ugh!

Someone mentioned that I had waited years to act on this, but that’s not so. I started asking about the title before the deal was made to purchase. I have been getting the run around all this time, they just refuse to do their part… and they always have since the beginning. After they had my money the dealers interest waned. On the contract I signed, the breakdown of costs includes $300.00 for “administrative fees” and all they every did was create a temporary registration. It allowed it to be transported to PA, but cannot get a title without the old title.

The sales listing said the dealer had the title “in hand”, but they NEVER SENT IT to me. Researching the VIN shows the title was last listed as a “dealer vehicle”, so it seems logical that they should be that dealer, so why never complete the work? I told them PA required the actual physical title. I asked for it to be sent certified mail, signature required… they said no, we don’t do that. So I offered to pay extra for it, anything just to get it done. In the end, after a lot of stalling, empty promises, dodging phone calls and out-right lies, nothing was ever sent to me.

My only regret, apart from doing business with them at all, was to not get a lawyer involved immediately. But I always try to see the best in people, this time, I got burned… badly.

I mentioned my health problems earlier and that is why I could not be more constant in my efforts and also why I try to avoid stress. They say stress kills, in some cases that is quite literal. But now I must get an attorney involved for the bonded title and if that doesn’t land me in the hospital, then I will keep you posted on how it works out.

Again, I really appreciate all the support and ideas, I would still be stuck with out your help and encouragement.

Thanks! Tracey

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I don't know about PA, most states will issue a 30 temp tag to move a vehicle with proven insurance. Check this out before a tow.
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Posted: 04/15/19 04:35am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

It might be time to have cousin Vito pay a visit to the dealer and make him an offer that he can't refuse. [emoticon]

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Praying for the best outcome. I believe it will clear itself up pretty fast with an aggressive attorney.

Sounds like you have a good recognition of "stress". Don't let a darn motorhome do it to you!

Oh, and thank you for sharing. It obviously requires a bit of willingness to open yourself up to ridicule. It could happen to any of us and dumb things will happen to most.


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I would run the vin, see who's name is on the title, and go to them. Explain to them what happened, get them to put in for a duplicate title, let them sign it and take it to DMV. would work if still in their name. If you know someone at the clerks, they can get you the information. Would be cheaper than a lawyer.

* This post was edited 04/18/19 11:56am by dcbrewer *

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I would get a bulldog attorney and lay the problem directly on the guy who took my money and made a promise to me. He either owes you a clear title or your money back. I'd spend money on the attorney before a mechanic.

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