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Old 01-24-2007, 10:40 AM
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So, how hard is this in Colorado? A '78 40 I am looking at was abandoned for years at this guy's mom's house. He is selling it, and is sure there are no interested previous owners. How hard is this? If it proves to hard to sell, he is going to dump it to someone to part out. It is pretty solid, I would hate to see that happen...thanks!

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Old 01-24-2007, 10:55 AM
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UB may know more about something like this...

http://www.revenue.state.co.us/mv_di...asp?incl=TRtow
I'd call your county dmv and ask them exactly what you need. I found that most helpful in my last venture. Good Luck!
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I've done it with motorcycles. Not too difficult. There are two ways: You need to attempt to contact the original owners after doing a VIN check to find out who they are. Send them a registered letter requesting the title. If they respond, great, if not you can get a bond for the value of the vehicle and have a sheriff varify the VIN then apply for a title. Another route is to do a VIN check, then use an out of state title company. You can send them a bill of sale and the fee (~$100) and they will "sell back" the vehicle to you with the proper out of state documents to apply for a title in CO.

Good luck, hope you can save it!
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I've done it with motorcycles. Not too difficult. There are two ways: You need to attempt to contact the original owners after doing a VIN check to find out who they are. Send them a registered letter requesting the title. If they respond, great, if not you can get a bond for the value of the vehicle and have a sheriff varify the VIN then apply for a title. Another route is to do a VIN check, then use an out of state title company. You can send them a bill of sale and the fee (~$100) and they will "sell back" the vehicle to you with the proper out of state documents to apply for a title in CO.

Good luck, hope you can save it!

bond for the value??

what happens if the guy who abandonded it wants it back?

the current owner claims he had a cop friend run the VIN and nothing at all came back. ???

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bond for the value??

what happens if the guy who abandonded it wants it back?

the current owner claims he had a cop friend run the VIN and nothing at all came back. ???

Thanks!

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Are you willing to stake your money and reputation on that claim? I, personally would have the vin checked by the state patrol before I invested a dime in it! Having played similer games before I can tell you that the two agency's you will deal with are the CO DMV and the Co State Patrol. You will play tag with both as they have you go back and forth jumping hoops. It will probably be worth it in the end and sometimes it's fairly easy.
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How about a lost or salvage title? Those hurt your resale value, but so what? Another question for the DMV, since they're the ones you'll be dealing with.
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DMV gave me all the forms needed for the bonding process and even gave a list of sheriff #'s to call for the VIN inspection. If it was registered in CO, then it WILL be in the DMV system and you can have them do a VIN check.

I'll see if I can find the papers they gave me with the details about the bond. It was for estimated value only. In the meantime, I would ask the seller if you can get a rubbing of the VIN tag and then go to the DMV (there's one right at 44th and Lowell) and start asking questions. Good luck!
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the "DMV" (not really because it is handled by the County....Jeffco at 6510 Wadsworth Blvd #320 in your case) computers used to have a crappy database. Every two years it would dump all the data. That is why it is SOOOOOOOOOO important to have a title in hand. I have the bonding process at home. Good luck, I would rather beat my head against the wall then try to bond a vehicle for a title.

My advise.......sell the vehicle to someone in CT. They don't have, need, or use titles. Once it has been transfered to CT, have them sell it back to you. The original owner is SOL because of our crappy system. If it was at all possible, look throught the vehicle for a name and make every possible atttempt to contact the owner. If my Cruiser was stolen I would love to get a call years later from a concerned buyer.

http://www.co.jefferson.co.us/mv/mv_T120_R8.htm
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My advise.......sell the vehicle to someone in CT. They don't have, need, or use titles. Once it has been transfered to CT, have them sell it back to you.
VT has the same "no title" rule for older vehicles...Makes it easy for a "seller" to sell stolen property. Don't ask me how I know
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