Providence, RI asked in Consumer Law for Rhode Island

Q: I bought a truck on ebay that had no title. What can I do to register it in RI.

The title was said to have been lost in a flood. After working on the truck I found dried mud through out even under the dash. The truck came with 1976 South Dakota license plate and I have the sellers name address and phone number. I've asked for a bill of sale but all get is the run around. It appears the truck was abandoned many years ago.

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Neville Bedford
Neville Bedford
Answered
  • East Providence, RI
  • Licensed in Rhode Island

A: Caveat Emptor.

The DMV says:

http://www.dmv.ri.gov/registrations/titles/index.php

Taxes & Titles

When you purchase a vehicle in Rhode Island, you are required to pay sales tax on the vehicle and obtain a title in your own name, even if you do not register the vehicle.

You will need to complete both a Sales Tax form and a Application for Title (TR-2/TR-9) form.

This transaction may be processed by mail, please send documents and payment to Division of Motor Vehicles, 600 New London Ave., Cranston, RI 02920.

Costs are listed in the DMV Fee Table.

Non-Titled Vehicles

Rhode Island does not title vehicles model year 2000 and older. If you would like to obtain documentation in lieu of a title, you must provide the following documents:

Bill of Sale (if you are not the current registered owner).

Identification.

Application for Registration and/or Driver License Information.

Fee of $11.50.

You might also try the ebay dispute resolution mechanism before enlisting the services of one of our fine Rhode Island attorneys to assist you.

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