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Old 02-05-2010, 05:46 PM   #1
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I may buy a boat from a guy in California that is on ebay. He doesn't have the title for the boat. How do I get title for it so that I can register the boat in Florida and does anyone know how much it costs. Looked on the dmv website, but it wasn't much help.

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Old 02-05-2010, 06:04 PM   #2
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Theres 2 ways.. One Way I will tell, the other way I will hold on to for now..

The right legal way is to go to the DMV tell them, that you want to get a title for a boat that you bought.. They will give you the last known address of the title.. You have to send a certified letter to that address asking for the title, if it comes back unopened then you take that to DMV and get started... If it comes back opened well then hopefully there is a title in it.. Or they could say thanks for contacting me I would like my boat back..
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Old 02-05-2010, 06:08 PM   #3
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I would be extremely cautious about buying a boat on ebay, from out of state, without a title.
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I live in Tenn. and we do not get titles for our boats. If we sell it to someone out of state and they need a title the bill of sale is used to generate one.
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just add water (2/5/2010)I live in Tenn. and we do not get titles for our boats. If we sell it to someone out of state and they need a title the bill of sale is used to generate one.
X2 Georgia doesn't issue titles either.
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Old 02-05-2010, 08:18 PM   #6
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I would be careful about buying from ebay as well but I would start by finding out if California requires or issues titles.
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I looked at the Cali DMV site and a couple of others, see no mention of title issuance for Cali boats, just rules for registration. There is not even a fee listed for titles. Guess their registration serves as a title. I would check with our local Tax Collector's Office to make sure.
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Old 02-07-2010, 12:15 PM   #8
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I may buy a boat from a guy in California that is on ebay.


Never mind the title for a second.



How much is this "Deal" gonna cost you to get it back home? You can't find a boat to your liking closer to home?



I do know of guys in the New England area that do come to FL to buy used Mako's and then resell them up there.


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Old 02-07-2010, 12:50 PM   #9
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I bought a boat from over in Alabama without a title. A notorized statement from the owner and the bill of sale was all I needed to register it down in Bay County.
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Never mind the title for a second.

How much is this "Deal" gonna cost you to get it back home? You can't find a boat to your liking closer to home?

I do know of guys in the New England area that do come to FL to buy used Mako's and then resell them up there.
It's going to cost $200 to ship it here. Seller wants $450 for the boat, but I'm offering less. It's a porta bote, which I can't seem to find one used around here. Cabela's sells them, but they are over 2K new.
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