Originally Posted by NüR-SPEC
i came up with an idea. my car has not been registered in all the time i've had it. i'd like to drive it without getting a shot of adrenaline everytime i see a cop.. so, i'm wondering if anyone has a non running parts car with a clean title. because my 500SEL is debadged, no one would be able to tell. because thier are no VIN plates on the dash, i doubt i could run into trouble with the law. and arizona doesn't do a safety inspction or anything, is i just need a clear title to register my car. i don't actually need a parts car, but just the title. reason being that i bought my car before i recieved the title. he assured me it was clear and good to go. then when i get it, i find that it's not in his name, and some random friend of his in california wrote his name as a leinholder, but didn't continue filling out the info, therefore it's void. the only other idea i've come up with is applying for an abandoned car title, but i have no way to prove any kind of ownership aside from having possesion of the car. can anybody help me out with this situation? ..
I must be missing something here.
As I recall you've had this car for awhile, didn't you get it back in Oct. or November of last year? Why did you wait so long?
And you never registered it yet? When do the stickers expire on the plates?
Did you have insurance on it at least?
Was it a California title that is messed up? Did you get a bill of sale at least?
Can you prove you did not buy a stolen car, with the paperwork you have now?
This problem won't go away by ignoring it I would think. If you DO ever get stopped or get in some small accident how can you even prove it is your car and not stolen.
I would think if you ever crossed paths with a LEO and can't show a valid registration and insurance you might even get arrested and the car impounded
(and they do damage the cars in impound lots, and the daily charges are very high in those places..) They don'[t even need probable cause, all it takes is "reasonable suspicion" something is not right. Once things start on this path, your fortunes will take a definate turn for the worse...
Fix this now, or this beautiful car with all the improvements you've put into it,
could be at serious risk, if I am understanding this right.....
My advice would be to trot over to the "Ask a Police officers a question" at Police & Law Enforcement - Officer.com Police News, Forums, Links and More for Police Officers, Law Enforcement, Corrections, Sheriffs and More
forum and see what they think you should do. Explain you want to fix it and see what the cops say, usually they are pretty good.
I am sure the Arizona DMV has a procedure to unwind these kinds of problems, some states would require you go to Court to straighten it all out. Just get it registered, a clear Az title, and pay the fines and penalties, if any for current AZ plates on i and be done with it.
Things like this involve negotiating the routes and structures of the DMV title and registration system in place in your state. Hopefully, you won't need an attorney's help to clear this thing up. But you should address it right away, I can't stress this enough.
Dont wait to get stopped by the Police. Take care of it now. Trust me, a bout with the Police is NOT what you need. If I read this right, if they stop you now, things will take a very bad turn for the worse.
Putting a clean title for a parts car on this car would without a doubt would
put you into "stolen car" and "chop shop" territory, a criminal offense that carries stiff CUSTODIAL penalties, and possible forfeiture of your car and fines.
Don't even think about that. It is just foolish to do so.
Please tell me I am missing something here. From what you say, this is a real mess, don't let it get worse.