Asked in Civil Litigation for Wyoming

Q: Can a storage facility legally sell a motor vehicle that is in a storage unit at auction without a title to it.

I purchased a storage unit at auction that had a motorcycle in it. The storage facility does not have a title for it. They claim to have had a lien on the unit. I cannot find anything that was filed to the county clerks office about this storage unit going to be auctioned. I guess my question is can I get a title for this motorcycle.

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James L. Arrasmith
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A: In Wyoming, storage facilities can sell items in a storage unit, including motor vehicles, to satisfy a lien for unpaid storage fees. However, the process must comply with state laws regarding storage liens and auction procedures. Typically, this involves notifying the unit owner and advertising the auction publicly, often including a notice in the county clerk's office.

Regarding the motorcycle's title, the facility's ability to sell it without a title can be legally complex. Generally, the new owner (you, in this case) may face challenges in obtaining a title for the vehicle. This is because a vehicle's title is essential to prove ownership, and without it, transferring ownership legally can be difficult.

To pursue getting a title for the motorcycle, you can start by contacting your local Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). They can guide you through the process of applying for a new title. This process might involve submitting proof of the auction purchase, the storage facility's lien, and any other relevant documentation.

It's also advisable to consult with an attorney to understand your rights and options. They can help you navigate the legal complexities of acquiring a title and deal with any potential issues arising from the auction purchase. Remember, each case has unique aspects, and a legal professional can provide tailored advice for your situation.

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