Originally Posted by WHEELS OF FIRE
So, I bought a school bus with an Indiana RV title which I have to transfer over to an Ohio title. I bought it over facebook marketplace. When I went for the VIN inspection, it wasn't there... I just took it to the state highway patrol to have the VIN found on the chassis to get a new VIN plate. The VIN on the body of the bus does not match my title (its only half the numbers and the last 2 digits are off) so the trooper gave me a failed inspection paper and told me to go to the court of pleas to petition for a court order title
To receive a court date, I have to have a notarized affidavit including my story of how I acquired the bus, my interactions with the state trooper, make, year, and VIN.
The nice lady at the court said the title wasn't guaranteed to be granted.
What should I expect to happen?
Should I seek legal help to draft my affidavit and possibly represent me in court?
If it's not granted, what will happen to my bus? ..Next steps??? Could it get the folks we bought it from in trouble?
This bureaucratic s*** stresses me OUT.
Thank you for your time and advice <3
Not a very goo scenario...
1) go back to the guy who sold it to you and see what can be done.
2) go to court but without first trying to contact the seller a judge might night give you the time of day.
If the seller is willing to work with you, that might be of some help with any affidavits or a judge but I wouldn't put too much faith into that.
If you can muster up the resources, here is what I would do...
Since the bus originated in Indiana, contact the dmv office there , explain your problem and see if they can printout a chain of ownership on both the vin number on the bus chassis and also on the title.
If the bus and title came from the same entity like say a school board...you might find some help there.
maybe, just maybe the bus on your title, not the one in your driveway, maybe that owner is going thru the same dilemma as you are? Maybe you can fix each others problems.
If the Indiana DMV does not help, make contact with someone who has DMV access to a service such as ADD123.com
Towing companies and private investigation companies can get access to that pay site. It is not available to the general public.
On my bus, a 99 Amtran, there is also a vin plate on the dash between the steering wheel and the windshield, just like on a car, take a good look there just in case you haven't done so yet.
Another option, a towing company can place a tow/storage lien on the bus and then after a set amount of days, get a new title after the public sale for storage.
Another option, find out if your state does bonded titles and if so, can you fix your problem that way.
Then there is the last option, one that should not be talked about but, hey what the heck...
Get a title and vin plate from another similar bus, swap it and don't look back!