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Old 09-12-2013, 02:16 PM   #1
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Red face Title Issues / Need Transferring Help

We just purchased a new travel trailer in Texas where we live. Made sure the guy had a good title, but here is the story: Previous owner never put the title in his name since he only planned to keep one yr on private property. I have a bill of sale from the person before him to him and then I have a Bill of sale from him to me but he never put the title in his own name. The person who sold it to him signed and dated the back of the title and it is dated more than a year ago. What is the most cost effective way to take care of this? Should I go to the person before the him and get them to just sell it directly to me? Or should I just give them everything including the bills of sale and/ or would that make me be responsible for his taxes? What is the most economical way to take care of this so I can get my title transferred and get my tags so I can get in the road? BRW, the person he purchased from is out of town, but only about 2 hrs.
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Old 09-12-2013, 02:35 PM   #2
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Take him down to the courthouse with you to transfer the title. He's responsible for transferring the title into his name within....I believe 20 days from purchase. Also, from what I can tell from looking through the DMV stuff online, it's actually illegal for him to sell it directly to you since it's not technically his at this point. The way Texas sees it right now, he just sold you something that belongs to someone else on paper. I would go down to the local tax office and ask them what you need to do. It happens quite a bit and I'm sure there's a way around it, although you might be liable for his sales taxes (the real reason he never transferred it) as well as your own.
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Old 09-12-2013, 03:24 PM   #3
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First, I'm not a lawyer so this is not legal advise or official rules...

The one-year-ago date on your old Texas title's signature seems significant in all this.

I believe amounts of state sales taxes due on each sale or possible late penalties may become issues.

Hope your transfer goes smoothly.

Edit... raspivey posted while I was replying, X2 on what he said.
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I have been reading through the DMV stuff as well. The person I purchased from lives a couple of hours away and don't think I could get him to go to the courthouse OR pay the back taxes. He said he did not want to go to all the trouble of tags and such because he never took it on the road. He just had it on his property for a family member to stay in for 3 mos. I don't know if it wouldn't be less red tape and hassle to try and contact the owner before that and have it go directly from her to me, but not sure how she would change that date on back.
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Old 09-12-2013, 03:33 PM   #5
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Thanks for the helpful post replies!
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Old 09-12-2013, 03:56 PM   #6
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If your towable trailer gross weight exceeds 4500 lbs, you are also required to get an annual inspection sticker in Texas, just like we do for our motor vehicles. Since it appears your seller may have been trying to avoid state sales taxes and transfer/license fees, he may have tried to avoid that too. Again, good luck with your new trailer.
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I have been reading through the DMV stuff as well. The person I purchased from lives a couple of hours away and don't think I could get him to go to the courthouse OR pay the back taxes. He said he did not want to go to all the trouble of tags and such because he never took it on the road. He just had it on his property for a family member to stay in for 3 mos. I don't know if it wouldn't be less red tape and hassle to try and contact the owner before that and have it go directly from her to me, but not sure how she would change that date on back.
A title has nothing to do with putting it on the road. I hope you didn't pay him in cash and can stop payment on whatever you gave him.
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Old 09-12-2013, 04:18 PM   #8
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Person you bought it from must title it first then you can title it . Period.

Let him pay the penalties .

He legaly cannot sell it to you till he owns it .

What a jerk imo.


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If your towable trailer gross weight exceeds 4500 lbs,
I should have mentioned... you can see your trailer weight as one of the items listed on the front of your Texas title.
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Doesn't you state have a bonded title procedure to transfer ownership? Im not positive that applies to TTs but its an option to look into. I recommend that you call or visit your local DMV.
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