My question involves vehicle registration or title in the state of: California
I bought a car which apparently doesn't have a CA title. Below is the history of the vehicle -
The owner bought the car in CA and was financed by Toyota Financial Services (TFS) in 2008. He then moved to Boston and later to Virginia. Later in 2011 he came back to California and since then living here. He had paid of the entire loan in 2011.
Now when I tried to register the title in CA, I got a letter that CA doesn't have the title and hence cannot be registered in CA. That guy with whom I bought the car doesn't have original title for any of the 3 states. Toyota finance claims they had sent him the originals but this guy claims he never received. I went to AAA and asked for their help and this is what they told me -
1. Ask the person whom I bought the car to fill Form 227 to get a duplicate title. Also get lien satisfied form (166) from TFS. This would help to get the duplicate title from CA
2. Send the Original CA title to Boston DMV to get a duplicate title from Boston
3. Send the Original Boston Title to Virginia to get the duplicate title from there.
4. Once I have the Virginia title in hand, the car title can be transferred into my name.
The issue is that TFS is not ready to give Lien satisfied form as they feel that the lien was not satisfied in CA.
Above all the guy from whom I bought the car is not in US anymore. The only positive thing is that I have a REG 227 form signed by him.
And now the worst part - The registration of this vehicle is expiring on 10th Oct 14. I came to know there is some process to get temporary registration but don't know what would that mean.
I just need some advice on what to do. I am so so frustrated.
Note: The first time I went to DMV, I took that guy with me to make sure all documents are in place. THe DMV clerk said that everything is good to go. Its just after 2 weeks I got the letter from DMV that the title cannot be transferred.
I also want to know if I can file a police complaint against him as I think he cheated me and now not helping.
Any help would be great