Originally Posted by o1marc
You realize you replied after he got the title?
Actually, no, he doesn't have the title yet. He said the title "magically re-appeared" and he was going to pick it up this week. In my book that is still a bit shady. That's why I advised him to carefully compare the numbers on the bus to the numbers on the "Magical" title. And to involve the law. If they are trying to pull one over on him, he would be best to do everything in his power to protect himself and his pocket book!
There are plenty of dishonest people out there trying to deceive others to get gain. I once bought a car from a guy, who I later learned was an ex-felon that previously lived at my place of employment. I didn't check the numbers close enough from the car to the title, they didn't match. It was already titled in my state so there was no VIN inspection required for me to title it. I didn't learn until 7 years later when I tried to scrap the car that the numbers didn't match. Had I been caught in possession of that car on the road, I could have lost my job, my retirement. Lucky for me the salvage yard didn't immediately call the cops, they let me leave their fine establishment with the car still on my trailer.
Caution is essential on any vehicle purchase, but especially when there has already been red flags flying over any part of the deal!