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Old 05-03-2007, 06:32 AM   #1
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Hi all...I traded in a motorhome at a dealer in FL.(at this point unnamed). The coach I bought was an Allegro Bus with 13K miles. Great deal.

The people who traded it in bought the coach in Canada. I am now being told that to properly transfer the coach I have to go through customs. Did I forget to say that I live in central Florida and bought the coach on the Florida coast. I have to drive to Orlando and have the VIN verified by customs and then a notary from Florida.

Anybody ever heard of this??

Fritz..............Thanks in advance
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Old 05-03-2007, 06:32 AM   #2
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Hi all...I traded in a motorhome at a dealer in FL.(at this point unnamed). The coach I bought was an Allegro Bus with 13K miles. Great deal.

The people who traded it in bought the coach in Canada. I am now being told that to properly transfer the coach I have to go through customs. Did I forget to say that I live in central Florida and bought the coach on the Florida coast. I have to drive to Orlando and have the VIN verified by customs and then a notary from Florida.

Anybody ever heard of this??

Fritz..............Thanks in advance
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Old 05-03-2007, 06:42 AM   #3
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The selling dealer should do what ever is necessary.

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Old 05-03-2007, 08:21 AM   #4
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You'd think the previous owners would have had to go through customs when they crossed into the US with the MH? The selling dealer should make application for a Florida title to be sent to you or to your lien holder, whichever is applicable.

If the dealer didn't and put it off onto you, it makes me wonder why.
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Old 05-03-2007, 06:47 PM   #5
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Fritzo:
Hi all...I traded in a motorhome at a dealer in FL.(at this point unnamed). The coach I bought was an Allegro Bus with 13K miles. Great deal.

The people who traded it in bought the coach in Canada. I am now being told that to properly transfer the coach I have to go through customs. Did I forget to say that I live in central Florida and bought the coach on the Florida coast. I have to drive to Orlando and have the VIN verified by customs and then a notary from Florida.

Anybody ever heard of this??

Fritz..............Thanks in advance </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

You mean that a licensed dealer in the state of Florida sold you a vehicle that they did not have a clear and legal title for? It is the dealer responsibility to provide you the title.
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Old 05-03-2007, 07:51 PM   #6
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I hate to say it but it sounds like Lazydays RV
Center. Anything to make a sale.

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Old 05-04-2007, 07:10 PM   #7
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A vehicle can be driven into the country for a vacation, but its a whole different matter to import a vehicle for sale in the country. Any imported vehicle has to meet US highway safety standards and have valid paperwork from the country of origin, e.g. title. US Customs is charged with assuring that no illegal vehicles are brought into the country and they may ask you for additional proof of safety equipment, ownership, etc. That's the "why" behind the rigmarole you are being asked to go through.

But you should have to do nothing - the dealer is responsible for giving you a clear title to the vehicle (unless you bought is as "salvage", e.g. for parts). The dealer cannot sell it to you without first having a clear title themselves. Let them do whatever is needed - or deamnd your money back.
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Old 05-04-2007, 08:20 PM   #8
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Motorhomes owned by Canadian Snowbirds are frequently traded to dealers in all the Snowbird states. A DECENT dealer knows how to do all the paperwork. It is incumbent on the dealer to provide a title. Not your problem I would walk from this dealer.

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The coach was made here so should be no problem with safety. The people next door to us in Fl this year was from Canada and traded in there coach. He said he just had to pay a tax to bring it in this contry and sell it. The dealer should know what to do.
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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by UPS 34:
The coach was made here so should be no problem with safety. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Coaches built in the USA, for sale in Canada, are built to Canadian standards and codes which may be different than US standards and codes.

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Did you finance the buy? If so you might want to find out how the finance company handled the title issue. They may be able to help you.
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HI all.....Thought I'd give a little more to the story. I bought the coach in January. In March I received a call to say the VIN needed to be checked and to bring it back to the dealer...a 2+ hour ride. I refused and said send someone to me and check it.
They said they would try.

Beginning of May I received a phone call and was told that not only did the VIN need to be checked, but I had to go through customs. I said send them to me!!

The next day I received a voice mail call from BMV saying since I am in possession I have to take it to customs.

Very Interesting!!!!!

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Did you receive a title? If not , why not?? If you have the title then the onus is on the dealer to do what has to be done. Sue them!! This is fraud!!


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