What is the name of your state? Shawnee, Kansas
I purchased a 1993 Ford Taurus on July 7th 2007 in Smithville, Missouri. The person I bought it from had purchased it from a girl in Kansas City, Missouri 20 days earlier. He had not titled the vehicle under his name yet. I paid $750 dollars for it, made out a bill of sale, and have the bill of sale from the previous owner as well all dated.
We thought you had 30 days to title a vehicle, but evidently I learned that he should of put the title in his name before selling it to me. The title had the previous owner's name on it.
Anyway, two days later I was pulled over for not having plates. I received a $100 fine for no registration and proof of insurance. Upon that time, the police officer failed to give me my title back I believe. When I got home I did not have it anywhere. It is possible I lost it upon transit to and from the vehicle, but I doubt it. I called the officer as well and he confirmed with me that he did not have it. At any rate, about 5 days later I received another no registation and proof of insurance ticket.
I had went down to the DMV in my old vehicle that was overheated, which is the whole reason I got a new vehicle, and they were closed on Monday, then on Tuesday I went down to DMV and they could not even issue me temp plates for because I don't have the title.
I contacted the previous owner that the car is still titled too, and they sent me back a facebook note basically saying that they would not help me, and they sold the car already, and not to contact them. What are my options here? The only thing I know that I can do is have the person that is titled in the car to go get a duplicate title which is ten dollars, and then title it over to me.
1. Will I get in trouble for buying a vehicle that was not titled to the right person? Will I get in trouble for title jumping?
2. Are there any other ways to get a title to my vehicle?
3. Am I going to have to hire a lawyer? If not, which court do I talk to to get this solved?
Please help, I cannot legally drive this car or sell it or anything at all until I get that duplicate title.
Here is a link regarding how to get a multiple title in MO [url]http://www.dor.mo.gov/mvdl/motorv/titlerep.htm[/url]