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I think I got SCREWED!!

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by vivalahotrod, Aug 16, 2010.

  1. vivalahotrod
    Joined: May 6, 2007
    Posts: 743


    I have been looking for a nice C10 and I finally found one in Moreno Valley.
    The guy was asking $3500 and I talked him down to $2800. I`m thinking I got a good deal untill I went to the DMV. THe dude tells me that he had applied for a lost title and had not recieved it yet. I go to the DMV to see what I can do with the truck and SURPRISE!!! He`s not the registered owner. Now I can`t get him on the phone to find out who is.
    So I think I just took a $2800 shot in the a#$.

    Any sugestions?? Does anyone regcognize this truck from the LA area??


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  2. krackerjack88
    Joined: Apr 6, 2008
    Posts: 1,247

    from Fresno,Ca

    Well I never do a deal unless there is paperwork in front of me.... NO MATTER how "good" it sounds.
  3. I'm afraid you might be in possession of stolen property.
  4. ... that's why it sounded so good- sorry it happened to you!

    Give the police the "seller's" info and hope for the best.

  5. 40hemicpe
    Joined: May 12, 2007
    Posts: 967


    that truck looks real familiar...did you file a police report...
  6. jroberts
    Joined: Oct 14, 2008
    Posts: 1,639


    Sounds like that could be true. If it is contact the authorities and let them know what's up before they begin to consider you the bad guy.
  7. Razorshotrods
    Joined: Jul 28, 2008
    Posts: 346

    from Phoenix

    That truck looks familiar, why would you buy it without seeing the title???? Live and learn, it could have been alot more. by the way that truck looks sweet for 2800.
  8. zman
    Joined: Apr 2, 2001
    Posts: 16,592

    from Garner, NC

    did you get a receipt? a bill of sale?
  9. Astrochimp
    Joined: Sep 15, 2009
    Posts: 191

    from NE Mo.

    Yea, think I have seen that photo before.

    Try here for help-
  10. xhotrodder
    Joined: Jul 2, 2009
    Posts: 1,610


    Might want to contact both the state police and the attorney general of your state.
  11. Midwest Rodder
    Joined: Dec 7, 2008
    Posts: 1,768

    Midwest Rodder

    I hate to hear that. I've walked away from a few deals because the paperwork wasn't right, I just felt safer that way, I work too damn hard for my money to just give it away. I would get ahold of the police and have them run it and find out for sure.
  12. plym49
    Joined: Aug 9, 2008
    Posts: 2,797

    from Earth

    There are many possible explanations. Maybe the truth is not as bad as all that. Suggest that you first attempt to contact the registered owner. If that does not work, then perhaps the police. But personally I would never initiate contact with the poe-lese unless I first spoke with an attorney.

    At the very least, that will help protect you in case the guy you bought it from is indeed a bad guy whose reaction to being approached by the cops will be to claim total ignorance or to somehow implicate you. If that happens, it could become your word against his, which could mean bye-bye to both the money and the truck.
  13. If it was stolen the DMV would have slapped the cuffs on you and escorted you in the back for a little "interview".

    It's probably not hot but you will probably have to do the leg work or get a bonded title. You can probably get a temporary tag until you get it worked out.

    Your probably not out the money.
  14. 55chevr
    Joined: Jul 12, 2008
    Posts: 956


    You bought a truck load of grief ... no title ???
  15. 40hemicpe
    Joined: May 12, 2007
    Posts: 967


    very true dmv would of had the sheriff there in a heart beat..guy probably was telling the truth about an application for the lost title i bet there's money owed on it that why he probably didnt finish the procces..
  16. lorodz
    Joined: Jul 26, 2009
    Posts: 3,728


    grab a auto trader and look in the back of it there are title companys that can get you a new title for a couple bucks pay for one than go to a diffrent dmv..get it registerd than track down the sc&*( bag and beat the 2800 outta him ....i hate people who intentionally screw people over ...good luck
  17. Great idea till a cop with half a brain looks at it.
  18. motorgod7
    Joined: Feb 21, 2010
    Posts: 136

    from chico,ca.

    That sucks, Nice truck tho. Ca. DMV sucks, Good luck.
  19. lorodz
    Joined: Jul 26, 2009
    Posts: 3,728


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    why do you say that he already went to dmv if it was stolen he would be in jail...
    obviousley its not stolen.

    oh and where is the bill of sale that has to have the guys info on it you bought it from ...track him down or go back to his house were you picked it up??
  20. ems customer service
    Joined: Nov 15, 2006
    Posts: 2,573

    ems customer service

    you got screwed alright,
  21. Francisco Plumbero
    Joined: May 6, 2010
    Posts: 2,531

    Francisco Plumbero
    from il.

    Did you get a bill of sale? Did you take a witness with you? Does the vehicle have proper vin tags? Does the vehicle come up as stolen? If the vehicle does not come up as stolen under the Vin number that is on the vehicle, you have a chance. Did You get the name of the previous owner? Did you get a set of keys? Does the ignition look like its been belted out of it. I would go to the DMV, a different one and ask them to do a title or a vin search on the numbers, tell them that you are looking at a car that you like but you would like to be sure it is clean, tell them the guy applied for a title and wants a deposit on it or something to get the info out of them. See if they will run it multi state, she could be from any where.
  22. brad chevy
    Joined: Nov 22, 2009
    Posts: 2,627

    brad chevy

    Where the hell did you buy it from him at in a walmart parking lot,a house or business,you didn"t fall for the lets meet somewhere and exchange did you,did you even get a bill of sale from this guy,Rule when it comes to buying any vehicle,no title no damn money at least you are just out $2800 you could have pulled this dumbass move and lost alot more.
  23. I can't believe no one mentioned this. He is title jumping. He never put the truck in his name because he did not want to pay the sales tax. He probably has the signed title from the previous owner.

    I doubt the truck is stolen. I think it's more shenagins with the seller who is trying to pull off same crap. i.e title jumping.
  24. A while back I bought an OT vehicle from a private seller. She still owed money on it. I was a little green behind the ears and I just signed a bill of sale and handed her cash. Her stated intent was to go pay off the loan and get the title.

    I walk away and drive off in the vehicle and think, " did I just do????"

    Thank GOD she was honest because I could have gotten royally screwed. She could have just taken that cash and ran and that car would have gotten repo'd right out from under me. She mailed me the title 2 weeks later and I kissed that damn thing.

    That's a lesson learned on my part.
  25. the lights
    Joined: Apr 23, 2009
    Posts: 113

    the lights

    I have been through this before, all you have to do is show proof to the dmv that you tried to reach the original owner. show proof that the letter was sent and after a week or two go back to the dmv and you should be golden. As long as its not stolen.
  26. big creep
    Joined: Feb 5, 2008
    Posts: 2,945

    big creep

    wow really? i hope it works out for you? but i would never buy anything if nothing is in order! fuck that! good luck!
  27. TERPU
    Joined: Jan 2, 2004
    Posts: 2,273


    Not a big deal, Go to the DMV and apply for a lost title. Have your bill of sale in hand and it'll work out. You may have to go to court and probably have to have the VIN verified, a weight certificate etc. Or the best is to find out who its titled to and go that route. IT sucks but you are going to have to remedy it anyways if you ever want to sell, register, or insure it. IT's a cool truck probably worth it and yes the guys a big bag of Douche for doing that. Stick it out it's worth it. If it was stolen you would have already lost possesion of it.

  28. phukinartie
    Joined: Oct 8, 2008
    Posts: 965


    Sounds like you got a boner so big from the sight of that truck all the blood rushed from your brain....Papers first,,,Hope it works out!!!
  29. barnescole
    Joined: Dec 2, 2008
    Posts: 138


    assuming its not really've just got alot more leg work to do. a title company will be well worth your time and money.
  30. vivalahotrod
    Joined: May 6, 2007
    Posts: 743


    Well the truck was last registered in `07 with the plates that are on it. There are like $500 in back fees because it was never "Non-Oped" so I`m guessing that`s why he never registered it. THe DMV wouldn`t give me the last registered owners name so I have left a few messages with the seller. Hell he only lives an hour or so away so a trip back to his place won`t be hard to do.

    I`m gonna give the guy a chance and see how it turns out. If I don`t get a call back by this weekend then a short litle road trip will be in order.


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