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I bought a bike from someone a while ago just intending to use it for parts, but as it stands the entire bike is almost brand new a after a few minor repairs.

I think a finance company may hold my title because there might be a lien on the bike. I called the finance company and gave them the name of the person who sold me the bike and they have a policy listed under that name --- but no matter how much I persisted there was no way they were going to tell me if MY bike (I gave them the VIN and all) was under that policy and if it was paid off / if they had the title for it.

All I have is the certificate of orgin that proves who bought the bike, and then a signed and sealed maryland bill of sale between me and the person on the cert of origin.

The people who sold me the bike will not answer their phone or a knock to their door when I stopped by.

Is there anyone who can run the VIN for me or possibly check where this title might be located so I have something to go on? Im lost right now and im about to just throw the bike up on ebay without a title. If anyone can actually get my title back a small reward ~$200 would be given.

I dont think there is much hope but thanks for reading anyway ;)

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you should be able to take the s/n to the DOT and they can do a searh for it.

BTW, if there are any liens against it, you will be responsible for them.

I would never buy a bike wothout a title, just because of the hassles.
 

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Yeah me neither, I just bought the engine and they threw in the bike! who woulda guessed :)
 

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If the DOT search yields nothing you MAY be able to take your bill of sale to a local DMV and get a new title issued based that the old title was lost.

When my last car was paid off, First Union said they lost my title, sent me a letter to take to the DMV and that's all I did. DMV gave me a new title.
 

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See your letter was key. They said I could get a new title if I bring in a letter from the finance company saying it was lost.
 

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This sounds a little fishy. I hope this doesn't end poorly. You really need to contact the previous owner and determine the whereabouts of the title. Have you checked with the police to see if the bike is stolen?

FWIW, never purchase a bike--even if it is just for parts--without the title.
 

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See your letter was key. They said I could get a new title if I bring in a letter from the finance company saying it was lost.
In your case, if DOT cannot locate a title for it, or think the previous owner should have the title, you should be able to get a new title made with just the bill of sale.
 

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Go to the DOT and apply for a new title. Show them proof of sale and go from there. If they turn you down more than likely they will tell you why.


But something sounds fishy to me, almost like a stolen bike/motor.
 

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screw finding the title just go buy another totaled bike and swap all the parts over from the new bike to the totaled bikes frame and there you go!
 
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