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Bonded title for boat trailer? #14077571 07/29/21 09:58 PM
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I recently bought a used boat through a dealer and found out that the trailer title is missing and now the dealer is going through the process of a bonded title. Does anyone know what this process consists of? I have spoke with the guy handling my boat but I was wanting to get clarification as I am seeing different things. Does the DMV need to reach out to the original owner and give them 30 days to respond? I am not sure how this process works. Thank you for any responses.

Re: Bonded title for boat trailer? [Re: fishin'aholic2] #14077840 07/30/21 03:12 AM
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It is really not that big of a deal. A title bond is essentially an insurance policy on a title that has been lost. All you need to do is wait until the bonded title is in the dealer's name, then you can proceed. In Texas, you have to wait 2 or 3 years to get a clear title, but in the meantime, if the previous owner does 'show up', the bond will pay and you will be fine.

Re: Bonded title for boat trailer? [Re: fishin'aholic2] #14079259 07/31/21 04:25 PM
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Thank you for your reply!

Re: Bonded title for boat trailer? [Re: fishin'aholic2] #14082919 08/03/21 11:09 PM
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I just had a trailer and boat transferred Last week, not title need for boat trailers less than 4,000 lbs or 7,500
Lbs I believe.
I have a trailer for my mud rig, they would not take or transfer title.

My new trailer I had transferred for my bass boat last week has a GVR of 5,400lbs but was told they don’t title trailers anymore unless I just wanted to. All I had was a bill of sale and and MSO, took 5 minutes to transfer to my name from seller.

Re: Bonded title for boat trailer? [Re: nellie] #14090017 08/10/21 04:13 PM
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Originally Posted by nellie
not title need for boat trailers less than 4,000 lbs or 7,500
they would not take or transfer title.
GVR of 5,400lbs but was told they don’t title trailers anymore unless I just wanted to. All I had was a bill of sale and and MSO, took 5 minutes to transfer to my name from seller.


Were you told this by your county's tax office? Or from the guy at the dealer? It sounds like someone is giving out some misinformation.


From the TXDMV site: " Registration is always required for a trailer, but the need for a title is based on the trailer weight. If the trailer is over 4,000 pounds gross weight (empty plus carrying capacity) it must be titled, but if it is 4,000 pounds gross weight (empty plus carrying capacity) or less, titling is optional. If the trailer was previously titled, it must continue to be titled."

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Re: Bonded title for boat trailer? [Re: fishin'aholic2] #14090397 08/10/21 08:12 PM
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This is simply not accurate, I just titled mine two weeks ago at tax office in Dallas County and the person I sold my old boat to did his today, it was 5400gvr as well.

Re: Bonded title for boat trailer? [Re: nellie] #14090437 08/10/21 09:03 PM
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I wonder if they've changed their policy but not updated the site? So, did you register but NOT Title yours?
I wonder as i recently purchased an older boat with titles for B&M but not the trailer, the guy registered as a homebuilt even though its clearly factory made. but it's never been titled in its 26 years afaik.

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Re: Bonded title for boat trailer? [Re: fishin'aholic2] #14090469 08/10/21 09:29 PM
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Your trailer will not need a title regardless of how it was made. I registered mine but not title, I was told no need to title the trailer, its a waste of money, I asked if I needed to title it and was told no unless I just wanted to.
I have three boat trailers, two had a title but they don't transfer of use them anymore. \

All you will need is a bill of sale.

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Re: Bonded title for boat trailer? [Re: fishin'aholic2] #14090574 08/10/21 10:59 PM
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Just bought my current boat back in April........boat title,motor title but trailer is only registered


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Re: Bonded title for boat trailer? [Re: Whistlebritches] #14095420 08/14/21 11:24 PM
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Originally Posted by Whistlebritches
Just bought my current boat back in April........boat title,motor title but trailer is only registered

I bought mine back in April too. Trailer was licensed and titled by the dealer. I guess it varies?


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Re: Bonded title for boat trailer? [Re: SteezMacQueen] #14096411 08/16/21 12:05 AM
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Originally Posted by SteezMacQueen
Originally Posted by Whistlebritches
Just bought my current boat back in April........boat title,motor title but trailer is only registered

I bought mine back in April too. Trailer was licensed and titled by the dealer. I guess it varies?


Bought mine second hand........trailer registered/tagged at the county courthouse,had to go to TPWD in Abilene to register and title boat and motor.


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Re: Bonded title for boat trailer? [Re: fishin'aholic2] #14120913 09/06/21 06:26 PM
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I purchased a boat last year and the trailer title still shows a lien even though the boat and motor are clear. I was able to register and tag the trailer but the title isn't in my name. The county tax/tag informed me I can do a bonded title to get it in my name. If you want I'll post a picture of the paper they gave me detailing the instructions.


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I am going to buy one just to find out for myself. Half y'all lie like hell and the other half are full of chit. woot

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