Meridian, ID asked in Consumer Law for Idaho

Q: I have bought a motorcycle from a dealer and they don’t have the title.

I have bought a motorcycle from a dealer June 2020 I financed this. I have paid this off March 21 and called my bank they can’t find the title. I called the DMV and they stated that it’s in the first owners name from 2018. This was odd as it was financed by a bank in North Carolina but yet they don’t have the title either. The last “owner” traded this bike in for another bike then I bought this one. It shows that the dealership tried to use a release of lien from the last bank in October but the DMV wouldn’t accept it I’m guessing because it’s in the first owners name. Then a transitional ownership document in August and the DMV also wouldn’t accept this as well. They then stopped trying and I wouldn’t have known but I paid the loan in full within a year. I talked to the dealer to see if they can fix this but bottom line is I don’t believe they should have sold this bike without ownership. Not sure what my options are with this.

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1 Lawyer Answer
Kevin M Rogers
Kevin M Rogers
  • Boise, ID
  • Licensed in Idaho

A: The dealer is unscrupulous and should give you your money back. They lost the title or hadn't received it when they sold it to you. Idaho gives the owner of the bike 30 days to get the Title to the new owner. Your options now are: begin litigation against the dealer, you will win. Or, go to the DMV and tell them what you've explained here and if they can't get the Title with a phone call, then they will probably give you a Duplicate Title or Replacement Title. Good Luck!

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