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Old 09-01-2013, 10:36 AM   #1
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Purchasing long distance

My husband and I are looking to purchase our first Airstream. If purchasing from a private seller, how does one go about this? I am referring to a deposit to hold the trailer (what's fair amount, how to send the money and who holds it, should it be fully refundable, how to sign papers just on the deposit and)?

We will definitely travel to the tailer to inspect it. Any suggestions for paying for the trailer in total at that point and what documents to complete?

We appreciate the help. It is looking like we may travel some distance to get what we want
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A concern from a private seller is the possibility of a mechanics lien for services performed but not paid for. Thus before paying in full, a clear title research needs to be completed for your protection, or else a notorized hold harmless agreement.

You would be wise to meet a forum volunteer inspector at the trailer to be sure there are no major surprises in the structure, flooring, appliances, etc.
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I would send a deposit subject to confirmation of the condition. INW Ask if the deposit is refundable if stated condition of the trailer is not acceptable.

Titles in different states require different things. Example FL titles do not need notorized, OH does. Your state may require an inspection of the serial number and sales tax to be paid in your state. You maybe able to declare your own value for the sale tax due.
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Check with your state's DMV to find out what documentation they require. Typical is the Bill of Sale (possibly notarized) and the title. Release of Lien if the previous owner still owed money on it.

The amount listed on the bill of sale will be the amount that is taxed for your state's excise tax.
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Old 10-30-2013, 05:25 PM   #5
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Long distance cash purchase in California

Anyone know what I need to do to make a wise purchase of a travel trailer in california? I already inspected the trailer and it all checks out fine, but they are requesting cash only which is no problem except I have no idea what I need to check out in terms of title / registration / is it legal / not stolen / etc... before I drive all the way out there
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I am buying a used Airstream in South Carolina, then transporting it to NY. NY requires a title certificate and bill of sale. I assume the title certificate is where he signs his title over to me, right? Then I register in NY and get a new title?
Can I use his plates until I get it back in NY?
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I am buying a used Airstream in South Carolina, then transporting it to NY. NY requires a title certificate and bill of sale. I assume the title certificate is where he signs his title over to me, right? Then I register in NY and get a new title?
Can I use his plates until I get it back in NY?
We got a temporary transport plate when we bought our boat in Ark. 2 bucks.

Get a notarized bill of sale and make sure the title is signed over. Make copies of everything. We did the sign over at the sellers bank.

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I don't know how NY works this but I bought our trailer from a friend in Kansas. I was planning to obtain a temp transit registration from Kansas to bring it home to NJ but my insurance company said they would NOT insure it until it was properly titled and registered here in NJ. So since it was a friend I send the money and he sent the signed Kansas title for me to take care of business here in NJ. Then, when I picked it up I had a NJ plate to put on it and insurance was covered. All is good.
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We already had "trailer" coverage with the AS so the boat trailer wasn't a problem. I would notify your Ins. Co. that you will be using a transport plate and get coverage before picking up the AS. We had no problem with Nationwide Ins.

Make sure you get the bill of sale notarized, with a believable sale price. They will use that amount for tax purposes.

NY will give you a new title.

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I am buying a used Airstream in South Carolina, then transporting it to NY. NY requires a title certificate and bill of sale. I assume the title certificate is where he signs his title over to me, right? Then I register in NY and get a new title?
Can I use his plates until I get it back in NY?
You can try to use their plates, but some sellers (me) keep them. I've had too many deadbeats not title a car after selling it to them, and I end up having to fight tickets. So now I just keep my plates.

Check with NY if they'll issue temporary tags before you own the trailer. In Oregon they won't.

Best bet is to try to use their plates. Give them something to hold to ensure you mail them back if necessary. If the tags are current you'll be fine.

As for title certificate, that's just the title. Type up a bill of sale and both of you sign it. I have a nice one I'm happy to send you if you want it.

I assume you've had it inspected or checked it out yourself?

Good luck!
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Yes, I inspected it in person. The current owner won't let me keep the plates. It seems like you can get temporary plates in SC for the trip back up. So I guess I get to make a trip to the SC DMV!
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