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Old 04-16-2014, 07:08 AM   #1
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Can anyone suggest ways to transfer the money to the seller and getting the title to the airstream
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Old 04-16-2014, 07:34 AM   #2
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Can anyone suggest ways to transfer the money to the seller and getting the title to the airstream
Face to face, in cash, is always best.

If you can't do face-to-face for some reason, a Western Union wire transfer is still the safest and most secure way to send cash.

As for getting the title if it can't be done face-to-face, US Postal Service, registered mail, return receipt required, is probably best. When FedEx or UPS delivers something signature required, they get the signature, but the sender doesn't. With registered mail, the sender gets a green postcard with the signature as proof of delivery. The sender should keep a copy of the title number before sending it, so that if the title goes missing in transit or is misdelivered, he can order a duplicate title from the DMV and resend it. In addition to registered, send it insured for at least enough to cover the cost of getting a duplicate title if need be.

Note: Just as with courier services, registered mail has to go to a physical address, not a post office box.
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Old 04-16-2014, 07:43 AM   #3
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Go through a local attorney to make the transfer. Doesn't cost much for that service and you'll be assured that the transfer is all good.
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Old 04-16-2014, 08:36 AM   #4
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In Calif we can do everything at the local AAA office.
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Old 04-16-2014, 10:59 AM   #5
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This also assumes the title is paper and not electronic. If it's electronic like in Virgina, the buyer notifies the state of the sale which then removes the ownership. The state then takes 2-3 weeks to print a paper copy for the purchaser; after the sale is complete.
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Bank to bank transfers are very safe, secure and fast. The seller can then hand over the title to their bank in return for the cash and have the bank mail title to you or your bank.
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Face to face at the bank.
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Old 04-17-2014, 12:23 AM   #8
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I agree, face to face at your bank! Too many scams out there.

The last several vehicles we have purchased I took no money, once I decided I wanted it I asked to see the title to make sure it was free and clear. The seller and I then took the vehicle and went to my bank, both of us went to the teller and I had the bank make a cashiers check out to them right there in front of the seller. This way they know its not fake, I took the check and we went over to the banks lobby and did the paper work and exchanged the title for the check and we both walked away happy.
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Western Union is prohibitively expensive - a big bank can do an electronic funds transfer for you, but I agree that a face to face meeting at a bank where the seller can get a guarantee that there is no stop payment on possible on an official items check - is best. Remember even a certified check issued by a bank can be fake. If you're the seller, your bank can call the issuing bank and verify the authenticity of the instrument AND that the funds to issue the check cleared.

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If you are relying on the sellers photos to tell the while story - you are asking for disappointment. I agree with everyone else. Get the money and do a face to face transfer at a mutually agreed safe place.
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