[DML] Re: Title Problems
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[DML] Re: Title Problems


I'm not looking for recourse or to place blame. As a person who has done thousands of dollars of business with John restoring other cars, I bought this one sight unseen from John, because of my great trust in him. John has done what he can to assist in finding a resolution to the situation, but we're both stuck with the same problem: We were dealing with a person who was dishonest, agreed to do title the car, took money to do it, and then ran off.

There is only one goal here, and that is to get this car back on the road. 

When I originally went to the DMV service station (in Wisconsin BTW) a couple years ago when this whole saga started, the person working the counter told me there was nothing they could do to help, that I needed to get the previous owner to title the car and sign it over to me. Today, I called the DOT headquarters figuring perhaps people there would know more, and spoke with someone else and evidently there is a process in place which may allow me to title the car, they are sending the information in the mail, so I will have to review that and see if that will work. They said they review each one on a case by case basis.

Otherwise I think my next move will be to try Jay's suggestion and go through Broadway Title. It would be $299 well spent if I can get this resolved and put it behind me.

I had contemplated looking for a car someone was parting out that had a clear title, buying the pontoon with the title and just re-building my car from that.. so anything less than that looks good to me.

If anyone has other suggestions feel free to respond here or via E-mail at mikepolzin@xxxxxxxxx -- thanks for all the input.


--- In dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, "David Teitelbaum" <jtrealty@...> wrote:
> One way would be to go back one more step to the person who's name is on the Title. Contact him and ask if he would file for a lost Title, sign it and send it to you skipping the last owner that never titled the car in his name. If you kept a copy of the Title you should have his information. If not you can do a DMV search in the State that the Title was issued in with the vin # of the car. It does cost money and takes time.
>  Another way is to go to one of the services that can title an untitled car. You can find them in Hemmings Motor News under "Services Offered". Not as preferable and more expensive but doable. Without a Title all you have is a pile of parts that happens to look like a car. You should have inspected the Title more carefully BEFORE buying the car. Now you have little-to-no recourse against John or the person he bought the car from.
> David Teitelbaum
> vin 10757
> --- In dmcnews@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, "mikepolzin" <MPolzin@> wrote:
> >
> > Hi all,
> > 
> > I bought an '81 a couple of years ago from John Hervey. Originally John had bought the car to part it out, but once he got it back to his shop he decided to sell it whole because it was too nice to part out. Due to the fact that John intended to part the car out he never paid a whole lot of attention to the title, and he just took the title the guy have him. The problem is that the person John bought the car from never registered the car in this name, but he signed the title he received from the previous owner as the buyer. So of course I couldn't register the car because someone else signed the title as the buyer.
> > 
> > So I did my diligence and managed to track the guy down who John bought the car from, and told him he needed to register the car in his name because he had signed the title from the previous owner, and he said he was glad to do it. So I ended up sending this guy the title for the car along with $100 to cover the costs of registering the car. I called the guy every few weeks for over a year and he constantly had excuses as to shy he hadn't been able to get the title yet. Well, this guy has since disappeared entirely along with the title and the money. So now I have a car, with no title at all.
> > 
> > I do not want to part the car out, I want to put it back on the road. So does anyone who knows a bit more about this sort of thing know of any options to do get a title on the car? I've been trying to do this the right way for over two years now and no luck.
> > 
> > Any help would be appreciated.
> > 
> > Mike
> >


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