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Does anyone have experience with buying an ATV that did not have a title, and successfully obtaining a title? I checked with law enforcement in three states to verify the atv had not been stolen. There has to be some way to obtain a new title.
 

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Go to your states dmv website and it should have a section on getting a title for it.

ADDED: Looks like they can do a search using the VIN to determine where it's previously been titled, if anywhere, and then you can go from there.
 

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Go to your states dmv website and it should have a section on getting a title for it.

ADDED: Looks like they can do a search using the VIN to determine where it's previously been titled, if anywhere, and then you can go from there.
^^^^agreed. The DMV can do a title search. Then if it has been lost you can apply for a new one. Here in Ky. it cost me 50 bucks to do it.
 

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Go to your states dmv website and it should have a section on getting a title for it.

ADDED: Looks like they can do a search using the VIN to determine where it's previously been titled, if anywhere, and then you can go from there.
^^^^agreed. The DMV can do a title search. Then if it has been lost you can apply for a new one. Here in Ky. it cost me 50 bucks to do it.
Don't the person that lost the title have to apply for the title?
 

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Go to your states dmv website and it should have a section on getting a title for it.

ADDED: Looks like they can do a search using the VIN to determine where it's previously been titled, if anywhere, and then you can go from there.
^^^^agreed. The DMV can do a title search. Then if it has been lost you can apply for a new one. Here in Ky. it cost me 50 bucks to do it.
Don't the person that lost the title have to apply for the title?
Not in Ky. I've gotten one for a quad and a car.
 

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I would speculate that if one has a bill of sale for the machine, then using the information acquired by the VIN search to locate the person on the original title, that person could then be contacted.

Looking at the information for an abandoned vehicle on the VA dmv site, it says they will contact the owner of an abandoned vehicle and they have 15 days to respond. If they don't then you can re-title it. Perhaps it's something similar to that.
 

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^^^^agreed. The DMV can do a title search. Then if it has been lost you can apply for a new one. Here in Ky. it cost me 50 bucks to do it.
Don't the person that lost the title have to apply for the title?
Not in Ky. I've gotten one for a quad and a car.
One of my buddies, bought a vehicle from a guy that had lost the title. He tried to apply for a lost title and they wouldn't let him. He had to get the other guy to apply for the title and then when he got it, they had to go change it over into my buddy's name and then he had to wait for the title to come back in his name. This was in Kentucky, too.
 

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Don't the person that lost the title have to apply for the title?
Not in Ky. I've gotten one for a quad and a car.
One of my buddies, bought a vehicle from a guy that had lost the title. He tried to apply for a lost title and they wouldn't let him. He had to get the other guy to apply for the title and then when he got it, they had to go change it over into my buddy's name and then he had to wait for the title to come back in his name. This was in Kentucky, too.
Here you have to have a notorized bill of sale to file for a lost title or a junked rebuild title.
 

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Not in Ky. I've gotten one for a quad and a car.
One of my buddies, bought a vehicle from a guy that had lost the title. He tried to apply for a lost title and they wouldn't let him. He had to get the other guy to apply for the title and then when he got it, they had to go change it over into my buddy's name and then he had to wait for the title to come back in his name. This was in Kentucky, too.
Here you have to have a notorized bill of sale to file for a lost title or a junked rebuild title.
Maybe he didn't have a notorized bill of sale, then. He knew the guy good. That must of been why they wouldn't let him apply for a lost title.
 

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One of my buddies, bought a vehicle from a guy that had lost the title. He tried to apply for a lost title and they wouldn't let him. He had to get the other guy to apply for the title and then when he got it, they had to go change it over into my buddy's name and then he had to wait for the title to come back in his name. This was in Kentucky, too.
Here you have to have a notorized bill of sale to file for a lost title or a junked rebuild title.
Maybe he didn't have a notorized bill of sale, then. He knew the guy good. That must of been why they wouldn't let him apply for a lost title.
That was probaly it. I drove to lexington to the office because I didn't want to wait the three weeks it takes.
 

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i know in ohio if u buy an atv without a title u cant get one i was told that if u have it inspected by a dealer they could write u up a form verifying what it is what year all that crap so i had that done to mine so i could legally own it i took the form to the county clerks office like it said and they said without the certificate for it i cant get a title
 

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cant you put a storage or mechanics lien on it in most states then if no owner responds you can apply for a title im about to go through this also i bought a 87 250 at a yard sale and then realized i didnt even have a bill of sale to get permit to ride on county roads in indiana i will sare my info as i go along :icon_evil:
 

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cant you put a storage or mechanics lien on it in most states then if no owner responds you can apply for a title im about to go through this also i bought a 87 250 at a yard sale and then realized i didnt even have a bill of sale to get permit to ride on county roads in indiana i will sare my info as i go along :icon_evil:
Yeah, it's call an abandoned vehicle title. In some states it takes a pretty good while, though. That's how it is for a car. I guess it works the same way for an ATV. You have to wait a certain amount of time for them to try to contact the previous owner and if they can't contact them in that length of time, then they will make a title in your name.

I think it has to have been sitting on your property a certain amount of time before you can even apply for an abandoned vehicle title, but I'm sure it varies from state to state so you'll have to check in your state.
 

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whats all this talk about titles? i bought my 300ex from dealer new and didnt get a title..is it a state specific thing?
 

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whats all this talk about titles? i bought my 300ex from dealer new and didnt get a title..is it a state specific thing?
What year is it? I don't know what year they started doing titles, but I don't think they did titles from the beginning. If I remember right, they used to just give you a little ownership card.

I'm not sure, it could just be a state specific thing.
 

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it was 1998 which now that i think of it was a long time ago,,dang im gettin old..im in nc
 

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in some states..you do get titles with a purchased atv..not sure about which state..i do know..you can file for a lost title..and i do know you can do a add in the paper ..< works here in arkansas > for 30 days..if no one comes to claim it..then it's yours to sell..title..what ever..now..as far as getting a title for a newer bike..i dont know..i'm sure you would get one when it's paid in full..or after it's paid for...i'm pretty sure..after you get a title < this was some years back >..you took the title to your local dmv..had it added to your property taxes..they issued you a sticker that you put on your handle bars.sooo..when you were out ridding in the sticks somewhere..and you ran across say..the game warden..and they didn't see a sticker with some numbers on it..< this is to call it in to see if it's been reported stolen and to see if you have been paying your taxes on it..it's kinda like a car you have to renew every year..now..this was some years back..it maybe changed by now..i don't know ??..but..to answer your question..yes..you can get a title a few different ways if you want one..and your state requires it ???..if not..just a bill of sell will save your but down the road if you find out later it was reported stolen !!!.
 

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in some states..you do get titles with a purchased atv..not sure about which state..i do know..you can file for a lost title..and i do know you can do a add in the paper ..< works here in arkansas > for 30 days..if no one comes to claim it..then it's yours to sell..title..what ever..now..as far as getting a title for a newer bike..i dont know..i'm sure you would get one when it's paid in full..or after it's paid for...i'm pretty sure..after you get a title < this was some years back >..you took the title to your local dmv..had it added to your property taxes..they issued you a sticker that you put on your handle bars.sooo..when you were out ridding in the sticks somewhere..and you ran across say..the game warden..and they didn't see a sticker with some numbers on it..< this is to call it in to see if it's been reported stolen and to see if you have been paying your taxes on it..it's kinda like a car you have to renew every year..now..this was some years back..it maybe changed by now..i don't know ??..but..to answer your question..yes..you can get a title a few different ways if you want one..and your state requires it ???..if not..just a bill of sell will save your but down the road if you find out later it was reported stolen !!!.
If you buy a new one, you get a title when you buy it, but it will have a lien on the title just like a car. That's how it is in Kentucky, anyway, unless it's changed the last few years.
 

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i had a blaster with no title just bill of sale.got stopped by sheriff ran vin didnt come up stolen and they impounded it anyway.i was two blocks if that from my house.i never filed for title though cuz michigan has to many bs rules.thats how i ended up with the 250.
 
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