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Selling a boat I never put in my name #10609232 02/11/15 03:15 AM
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Dumb question but here it goes. I purchased a boat about 7 years or so ago. Have all the paperwork from the sale, but never put it in my name. Have a guy now that wants to buy it. How much trouble am I going to have selling it to him/him getting it in his name? Looked on the texas parks & wildlife website, and it doesn't look like its going to be that difficult (think it was going to cost $600 or so). Am I understanding it correctly?

Any help would be greatly appreciated..

Re: Selling a boat I never put in my name [Re: Jay In Somerville] #10609362 02/11/15 03:55 AM
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Jay In Somerville, I sent you a PM.

Re: Selling a boat I never put in my name [Re: Jay In Somerville] #10609516 02/11/15 06:05 AM
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Its definitely something you should do next time you purchase a boat, which is to get it in your name asap. Its "illegal" to sell a vessel or motor in someone elses name. The transfer for the buyer makes it a headache for sure!


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Re: Selling a boat I never put in my name [Re: Jay In Somerville] #10609734 02/11/15 01:29 PM
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to do it the legal way take it to parks an wildlife an get it transferred pay the registration an title fees there is a penalty for not doing it in the 21 days an go to the county office an get the trailer transferred then proceed with the sale.

Re: Selling a boat I never put in my name [Re: Jay In Somerville] #10609824 02/11/15 01:57 PM
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You have a problem as the TP&W forms have changed from what they were 7 years ago. I think you are going to have to start over. Hope you know where previous owner is.


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Re: Selling a boat I never put in my name [Re: Jay In Somerville] #10610380 02/11/15 04:55 PM
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How have you been registering the boat for the past seven years without it being in your name?


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Re: Selling a boat I never put in my name [Re: Jay In Somerville] #10612082 02/12/15 02:17 AM
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I purchased the boat and shortly after my mother got sick. I took care of her until she passed away, and have never recovered financially.

Re: Selling a boat I never put in my name [Re: gary purdy] #10612087 02/12/15 02:19 AM
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Originally Posted By: gary purdy
You have a problem as the TP&W forms have changed from what they were 7 years ago. I think you are going to have to start over. Hope you know where previous owner is.


Unfortunately, the previous owner passed away some time ago.

Re: Selling a boat I never put in my name [Re: Jay In Somerville] #10613166 02/12/15 02:50 PM
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Just find out who is able to sign for the estate. His wife or a child. TP&W has a special form for this.


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Re: Selling a boat I never put in my name [Re: Jay In Somerville] #10613319 02/12/15 03:33 PM
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Sorry about your loss. I hope everything works out


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Re: Selling a boat I never put in my name [Re: Jay In Somerville] #10613939 02/12/15 06:42 PM
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Let TPWD handle it and keep good records of who you talk to and what is said. Like every other government agency, they are probably not responsible for giving out bad information, but if it comes down to a hassle, you are much better off with a paper trail.


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Re: Selling a boat I never put in my name [Re: Jay In Somerville] #10615398 02/13/15 03:26 AM
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Thanks everyone, I appreciate your help!!

Re: Selling a boat I never put in my name [Re: Ricky Taylor] #10617900 02/14/15 04:47 AM
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Originally Posted By: Ricky Taylor
Its definitely something you should do next time you purchase a boat, which is to get it in your name asap. Its "illegal" to sell a vessel or motor in someone elses name. The transfer for the buyer makes it a headache for sure!


Yep. I just talked to them about registering my boat which was past the 21 days. They told me that the way that they see it is that until the boat is registered, it doesn't belong to you and is illegal for you to sell it. They're gonna want their tax money from you and then again from the new buyer. Makes it a mess and can lose a sell.

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