Whatt o do if I’m trying to obtain title to a boat that I bought but the seller is being uncooperative?

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Whatt o do if I’m trying to obtain title to a boat that I bought but the seller is being uncooperative?

I bought a boat about a year ago and the seller keeps telling me that he will mail the title but has so far failed to do so. I paid cash and have a bill of sale. Is there any way I can go around this or encourage him to give it to me? He said the boat had no lien on it so I’m not sure what is keeping him from sending it but I can’t get the boat registered to use with out the title. What are my options? Are there ways around this?

Asked on April 9, 2012 under Business Law, Texas

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Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

One way to ascertain what is going on concerning your boat is to contact your state's department of motor vehicles to run a check on the presumed trailer and the v.i.n. number on the items. From there you will get the needed information to make a further demand upon the seller of it in writing. Keep a copy of the letter sent for future use and need.

From what has happened from what you wrote, it seems as though the seller may not have had clear title to the boat that you purchased. If so, you have a basis to cancel (rescind) the purchase. I suggest that you may wish to consult further with an attorney that practices in the area of automotive law to assist you in getting registered title to the boat in your name.


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