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yardmaster

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Posted: 12/03/12 10:23am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

My job runs a storage facility in Pennsylvania (Bucks County) for campers/boats etc. We have a "roughly" 20ft 1984 Coleman pop up camper that we haven't heard from the owner for well over 5 years.

My boss said if I got thru the process of obtaining the title I can have it.

Has anybody ever done this? I have heard that for a "vehicle" I would need to file paperwork with County court...but is this considered a vehicle?

I would imagine the courts see this kind of thing all the time so it should be fairly straight forward?


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How about you contact an attorney or your local department of motor vehicles for guidance.

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doesn't this come under 'lien sale'
your boss/buisness files papers
takes legal ownership
then sells to you or other party


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It is considered a vehicle.

The best info you will find is at the PA DMV.


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Posted: 12/03/12 11:06am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

MrWizard wrote:

doesn't this come under 'lien sale'
your boss/buisness files papers
takes legal ownership
then sells to you or other party

That sounds right to me... I think that in most States the property/business owner is the "legal custodian" of property left there.

Especially for storage-type places there are usually simple mechanisms in place for gaining legal control- often just publication of a notice to registered owner giving a specified time after which the property if unclaimed will be disposed of.


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MrWizard wrote:

doesn't this come under 'lien sale'
your boss/buisness files papers
takes legal ownership
then sells to you or other party


That's what I thought too. Also, PA's DMV "request for duplicate registration" has categories of Lost, Stolen & "Other"

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Posted: 12/03/12 02:20pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Before doing anything I would open it up and have a good look at it.
Might not be worth the bother.

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MrWizard wrote:

doesn't this come under 'lien sale'
your boss/buisness files papers
takes legal ownership
then sells to you or other party


Yup, and I sure would not want to be that guys boss if the owner and/or bank ever shows up and tries to claim the property and he has not followed the legal protocol.

I'd run the vin thru the DMV 'before' you pay attorneys etc. There most likely is a lien on it.


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MrWizard wrote:

doesn't this come under 'lien sale'
your boss/buisness files papers
takes legal ownership
then sells to you or other party


That's what I was thinking. I would be just do the "leg work" to file the papers for him.

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May be easier to do a bonded title.

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