Storage Leans..

Hello everyone, I'm pretty new to the moped community and was thinking about purchasing my first moped. I found one kinda close to me (about 4 hours away) for a really good price. It's a Tomos Targa XL (I think). Anyway I may have found out why it is such a good price. The current owner does not have a title for the moped, which is no problem here in FL where one is not needed to register a moped. However, there is a storage lean against the guy that does have the title. Now, the original owner has not had the moped for over 5 years and with a bill of sale I can easily register it. But, I'm confused about this storage lean, what exactly is it? Can the original owner report the moped stolen since he has the title? I mean, he hasn't done so in over 5 years and may not even have the title anymore. I'm just a bit weary about driving 4 hours to buy a moped and getting it taken away from me a week later. So does anyone know more about storage leans and how they work? If the original owner persues me in court can I fight it or am I screwed? Any information is greatly appreciated!

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usually the person who files the lean must register for a title in a set amount of time. Get the lien paperwork, and ask someone who knows the local laws.

How did you find out that the previous owner still has the title?

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Tomos are everywhere, find one closer to you and skip the hassle.

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The guy selling it told me he did. But like I said he hasn't talked to the guy in over 5 years so the title may not even exist anymore.

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Well, that used to be true. They are getting harder to find.

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Shawn,

Who has the storage lean? I bought a bravo here is CA & was told straight-up that they didn't know the previous owner. It had CA plate & the DMV will tell what they can (no personal address or ph#) for a mere 15 bucks. The record said that the previous owner had never declared stolen. I went in there armed only with a bill-of-sale (make copy they want the original). They had me fill out a form I had never seen before. The bottom half of the form was nothing but blank line for me to detail my circustances. About 4 weeks later, I had the ID card.

A storage lien is used for more legit cases. Example, I took my chevy pickup in to have the engine replaced (well over 100K miles). I signed a piece of paper (if you read the fine print) that said it was theirs & they can hold it and charge me for the repairs PLUS storage if I could not make good on the 4K repair bill.

Basically, if hasn't reported stolen for years, he has no case. He sold it & and traffic court would back you.

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Thanks for your response, very helpful. Unfortunately last night my girlfriend threw her back out and I am unable to travel the 4 hours to pick it up.. maybe next weekend if he still has it!

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I live in fl also just make sure the guy that has it writes you a bill of sale. You can get the bill of sale at the tax collector.

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Do i know you? If not, we are Buzz Killers in Jacksonville and are going to have a ride this tuesday, if all goes well with a local scooter club, not my idea about the ride with the scooter club since most are big scooters, and you can join are club.

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I think my friend Kevin rides with you guys, he's the one that gave me moped fever. I will be there Tuesday night, Kevin is going to let me borrow one of his various motorized 2-wheeled vehicles since I was unable to get the Tomos..

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