Originally Posted by byamcaravanner
Give this place a try. A guy I know that buys old trucks has used them to get titles for "bill of sale" purchases with great success.
I'd exercise caution when dealing with a "title and registration" company. Several have been shut down this past couple of years for shady operations, I think I would try this route as a last resort.
I think I would try the lost title approach with DMV again, you have a bill of sale and if the previous owner "doesn't have the title" what else can they do? If only the previous owner can apply for a lost title dupilcate, then that will be more difficult. There has to be a duplicate process, I know the state of CA can be frustrting with the red tape. I would divulge to DMV only what they really need to know to get you a title, sometimes the less they know the better.
I had this problem when I purchased a '69 Camero in Iowa. The owner couldn't ever quite "find" the title. Fortunately in this case since the guy was already in trouble with the law, the local sherriff offered to pay him a "friendly neighborly visit". I received the title in the mail within a week. It was amazing how quickly the guy's memory improved after the sherriff's kindly visit. I don't think you'll get this kind of service in CA unless you live in a small town in northern CA.
The state of Florida doesn't require a title for a trailer in many cases. Some states especially in the south don't even require a title for older cars since in many circomstances they weren't even isued.
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