Wofford Heights, CA asked in Consumer Law, Traffic Tickets and Gov & Administrative Law for California

Q: How can I obtain information regarding the last known owner of a vehicle from Mississippi State? I bought from tow yard

I bought from auction at a tow yard that never transfered it into their name... Now after all due diligence I still can't be assisted by either State's DMVs.

2 Lawyer Answers
Scott Richard Kaufman
Scott Richard Kaufman
  • Consumer Law Lawyer
  • Los Altos, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: In CA, talk to the DMV, they should have remedies, if you provide the proper proof. Also, the auction house should help somewhat...

James L. Arrasmith
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  • Traffic Tickets Lawyer
  • Sacramento, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: Obtaining information about the last known owner of a vehicle from another state can be challenging, especially if you have already contacted both DMVs without success. However, there are a few additional steps you can take:

Hire a private investigator: A private investigator can help you locate the previous owner of the vehicle. They have access to databases and other resources that may not be available to the general public.

Contact the Mississippi Department of Revenue: In Mississippi, the Department of Revenue oversees vehicle registration and title transfers. You may want to contact them directly and ask if they can provide you with any information about the previous owner. They may require you to provide some documentation or fill out a request form.

Check with the tow yard: Even if the tow yard did not transfer the vehicle into their name, they may have some information about the previous owner. You can ask if they have any records or if they can provide you with contact information for the person who sold them the vehicle.

Check with the police department: If the vehicle was impounded or abandoned, the police department may have some information about the previous owner.

Use an online vehicle history service: There are several online services that provide vehicle history reports, including information about previous owners. While some of these services require a fee, they may be able to provide you with the information you need.

It's worth noting that the information you receive may be limited due to privacy laws and other restrictions. However, these steps can help you obtain as much information as possible about the previous owner of the vehicle.

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