I lost the title to my trailer 2 yrs. later......

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by troblandscape, Feb 5, 2007.

  1. troblandscape

    troblandscape Guest
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    I am posting this thread in hope that it can help somebody who is in my situation. I am sure all states are different but I live in Pa.
    Ok I bought a equipment trailer on Ebay for my bobcat, Feb of 2005, The guy I bought it from never had it titled but had the bill of origin from the manufacture. I lost the bill of origin. I decided that I didn't want to go through the process of getting a title so I sold the trailer on ebay and said that there was no title in the listing. A cop from New York ended up buying it and I delivered for a fee 3 hours away. I get a call 5 months later from the cop and he says that I have to buy the trailer back from him because he cant get a title for it in New York and that if I don't he will take me to court if I don't, even know I mentioned it in the ebay listing that the title was lost. I drove all the way back to New York and bought it back from him got it home and called the Company on the VIn. plate and they were no longer in Buss. to mail me a new bill of origin. So I call Harrisburg and they said I could apply for a rebuilt trailer title, they mailed me a book and I took it to the guy who inspects my trailers. This trailer is a 10000 gvw and it only had brakes on one axle so my mechanic put brakes on that axle and did some other things to get it up to speed, it cost me 1900 from ebay and 1100 in repairs, we did what the book told us to do,.. took pictures, explained how it was built, and sent it off to Harrisburg in 9/05. In 3/06, Harrisburg sent it back and said I needed to take it to a weigh station and get it weighed, did it sent it back. 7/06 I get the book back and they say I need more detail in my build sheet, did it sent it back. 10/06 Got it back and Harrisburg sent it back and said I needed to show proof that sales tax was paid on the parts that were used to repair trailer got receipts and sent it back. 2/3/07 I got my mail and a big envelope with a fresh title new vin. plate and a current registration were in the envelope I felt like a little kid on Christmas. The trailer is really well built and I was using it sometimes with another trailer tag in emergencies but was really nervous. Now I am completely legit. My advice on this experience is if you have to go through this process it takes a long time and they are going to send it back weather you think it is right or not. Hope this helps
  2. bowhunter74

    bowhunter74 LawnSite Member
    from mo
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    Its easy here just apply for a homemade trailer title then your done.
  3. sno-mover

    sno-mover LawnSite Member
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    We have done it a bunch of times for reconstructed titles for cars ond once for a trailer that I bought on ebay with NO title. As long as you follow the directions exactly it goes right through.
  4. troblandscape

    troblandscape Guest
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    huh, in the book it said nothing about proving sales tax paid on the parts?
  5. LB1234

    LB1234 LawnSite Gold Member
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    I'm in the same boat.

    Bought a trailer and recevied what I thought was a title, when in fact it was the certificate of orgin from PA...I'm in jersey.

    Anyhow, I go to register it at the DMV and walla...I can't b/c the orginal owner never titled it and only he can title it. I said great so technically I purchased a stolen trailer...she says maybe...hold on. Has a cop run the vin and everything and nothing show up.

    She gave me one option go down to the head dmv in trenton and file for an abondoned trailer. However, to do this I have to perform title searched in something like 3-4 states and a whole bunch other paper work..even though the cop ran it and it isn't titled and both the original owner and one I purchased from were from jersey.

    So, I spoke with another contractor buddy of mine and he says just state that you built the trailer, fill out a form, pay a fee and your done.

    I think thats the route I'm going to go..otherwise I'm going to pay 4-5k for my 3k trailer.
  6. troblandscape

    troblandscape Guest
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    Let us know how it works out.
  7. Total.Lawn.Care

    Total.Lawn.Care LawnSite Senior Member
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    Same in GA, just apply for a homemade trailer registration. They send you the paperwork. You fill it out and then call the Sheriffs Dept to send an officer by to inspect the trailer (they check it for DOT standard and make sure the lights work). Cop signs off on the paperwork, and you go get your registration.
  8. stroker51

    stroker51 LawnSite Senior Member
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    yup, just apply for a homemade title in KS, they give you an assigned VIN, put it on the trailer, get your tag and you're done.
  9. coolbreeze

    coolbreeze LawnSite Member
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    i bought a homemade trailer and they actually checked mine at the dmv, since they have to verify that the vin was riveted on the trailer.
  10. coolbreeze

    coolbreeze LawnSite Member
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    oh, i also had to provide the bill of sale. very easy process.

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