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Old 01-26-2015, 05:03 PM   #15
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No title, why bother unless you are getting a heck of a deal.
Texas is like most states--a certificate of title needed to register the vehicle and get a certificate of title in your name.
Yes you can get a bonded or salvage title, but it is expensive and a paperwork hassle.
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Old 01-26-2015, 08:08 PM   #16
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If you want to proceed, tell the seller you researched the process and it is not worth your time at the current price. Additionally it would not be worth most people's time, and in fact most would just run. Because of that you would be willing to offer him 25% of what he is asking (do all the above listed precautions), but only to help out someone trying to sell something without a title. Then and only then would I proceed.
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Plus, if contested, all your 'investment' in repairs/upgrades will be lost.
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Old 01-27-2015, 07:29 PM   #18
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Simple rule will save you lots of time, money and frustration when buying toys....

No title, No sale.

If its supposed to have a title, the owner should have it. If not, bye bye.

"Deals" will present themselves now and again, but that's why its a "Deal".
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Old 01-27-2015, 08:32 PM   #19
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It may be that a title attorney could answer the questions better than anyone else. I might ask the seller to pay for this, after a price is negotiated and make the sale contingent upon the attorney stating that there would be no issue in obtaining a title.
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Old 01-28-2015, 10:56 PM   #20
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I have bought several trailers in and out of the state of Texas without a title. Getting a bonded title is not a big deal. Things to do as follows:
Take picture or tracing of VIN number.
Take to TXDOT field office. They will run the VIN to see if stolen or registered and if no to either they will issue a letter of rejection-cost $15 cash.
Get bond-cost $100
Take bond, registration papers to county tax office
Pay fees-depends on weight, cost of plates(registration) and assorted administrative fees.
You walk out with plates, bonded title and current plate sticker.

Really not that big of a deal. First time was a little overwhelming, now with some legwork before hand you can be done in a couple of hours.

Of course, you can go to a title registration company and they will do this for you for about $200 extra dollars and 3 weeks extra time to get your title.
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Old 02-02-2015, 09:27 PM   #21
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bwoodtx is right on. It is no big deal if willing to do the work. Essentially the 'no title, no deal' rule is the easy rule to avoid complications. If you research the system and discover how to proceed before executing you can learn from the research instead of your mistakes. To make it even easier, all the states DOTs talk to each other now, not like back in 2003 and prior, therefore the threat of losing your bonded title is much less significant.

Life is about choices. People make their choices based on their comfort with risk. I prefer risk mitigation over being risk adverse. However, everyone has their comfort zone, and is free to operate within it.
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Old 02-03-2015, 12:50 AM   #22
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We are looking at an airstream that came from another state but refurbished here. It is registered in Texas but that's only good for 2 years. That was one year ago. What happens after 2 years?
Get them to explain to you how it is that it's registered in Texas without being titled in Texas. Then get someone at the county tax office or the state DMV to tell you if their explanation is legally defensible or not.

I suspect that either it's titled in Texas (in which case getting a copy of the title should be trivial and refusal to do so would smell bad) or it's got tags that belong to another trailer.

Re: the question about 2-year registration: I don't know for a fact that it was available to trailers, but multi-year registration WAS an option in Texas for motor vehicles in recent years, however it was never well-publicized. It didn't save you any money, just the hassle of dealing with it each year. That option ended with the decision to change to just one sticker for both registration and inspection in mid-2015. I don't know if that change pertains to trailers at all, though, since small (weight-wise) trailers don't need to be inspected at all.
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Trailers are still eligible for multi-year registration in Texas.
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What's the rest of the story on the trailer beside the title issue ? It's very easy to get taken on a "refurbished " trailer.
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In Georgia, titles are required on vehicles 1986 and newer, optional on 1963-1985, and not required (and not issued, I believe) on 1962 and older. So its possible to have a perfectly legitimate vintage trailer with no title at all.
Getting a Georgia Title - FAQs | Department of Revenue
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