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Old 05-31-2011, 02:00 PM
 
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Hello all,
I am considering purchasing a classic RV without a title. The seller will provide a bill of sale however. Any ideas on how to go about getting a title? Is this a crazy idea? Thanks in advance!
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Old 05-31-2011, 03:15 PM
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PERSONALLY, I'd say "not!!" unless/until I'd done a title search to ensure there are no lienholders on record. I'd meet w/the seller, go to one of those "quick-title" places, and do the deal there once I could see that the title is, in fact, unencumbered.
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Old 05-31-2011, 04:01 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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PERSONALLY, I'd say "not!!" unless/until I'd done a title search to ensure there are no lienholders on record. I'd meet w/the seller, go to one of those "quick-title" places, and do the deal there once I could see that the title is, in fact, unencumbered.
I second what TRN says but I wouldn't be so quick to say no. Do the research, just might be a good deal and worth the trouble especially if you know who's selling it.
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Old 05-31-2011, 04:11 PM
 
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I'll give you a scenario that might convince you about buying any vehicle without title. I have always had toy cars. Cars that I play with either restoring or hot rodding. I had a 1947 Dodge sedan that I had bought from an elderly lady and was starting the process of complete restoration when a friend had issues and needed a car. He was mechanically inclined so I sold him the car. But there was a problem, he took the car and I received no payment. I still had the title so I asked for the car back. He said somebody came and got it and didn't know where it was. I found the car some ten years later. A gentleman had bought it from an individual who said he didn't have the title. He and his son had completely restored the car with about a 15 grand investment. I could have demanded the car in restored condition since I was still the title holder and the guy and his son would have lost a treasured experience. I ended up signing the title over to the son and didn't even get the original money I sold it for. The car meant far more to the son that it ever would have to me. But the car could have easily come home with me and they would have been out a lot of money. NEVER buy anything that does not have a title. The seller, if he is the owner, can apply for a title via the internet. You can buy it when he has the title.
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Old 05-31-2011, 05:16 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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If a title is replaced, it is not hard to get a certified replacement copy. I can't imagine any reason for the seller not doing so. Lost Vehicle Titles

If you buy it with only a bill of sale, you will be stuck with any liens or loans on file against it.

See additional title FAQ's here: http://www.txdmv.gov/vehicles/titles/faq.htm
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Old 05-31-2011, 06:03 PM
 
Location: 1604 & Potranco Area
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I recently bought a jeep without a title and you just need to get a bond for 1.5x times the blue book value. I my case the bond needed to be for 8000 and cost me about $120.

If there is a claim by the original title holder they are entitled to the bond, not the vehicle.
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Old 06-01-2011, 02:17 AM
 
Location: Medina Co., TX
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Too dicey! NEVER buy any vehicle (including RV) without a title.
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Old 06-01-2011, 10:57 AM
 
Location: san antonio texas
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for cars without a title, you can go downtown to the tax office and file the appropriate paperwork. costs less than 30$ if im not mistaking. they hold a hearing to determine ownership. itll take a week or so i believe, but if things go your way, youll get the title in about a week after theyve dug around and found out who owns it, if it was legally sold, etc etc.

/had to do that on a car i bought with no title
//was relatively painless.
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Old 06-01-2011, 11:44 AM
 
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Thanks everyone for the replies! Still pondering. I'm thinking the current owner can go through all the hassle of getting the title and then we will considering purchasing it.
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Old 06-01-2011, 11:46 AM
 
Location: Over There
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Hello all,
I am considering purchasing a classic RV without a title. The seller will provide a bill of sale however. Any ideas on how to go about getting a title? Is this a crazy idea? Thanks in advance!
Crazy.

If you really want to consider it. Go to the Department of Motor Vehicles with the vin# of the RV.
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