When buying from a private seller, how does one confirm seller's full ownership?
I would think that unknown liens would be a major risk. And because property liens are usually recorded on a county by county basis, visiting the local courthouse is just a start.
I assume the 50 states still differ on whether a title is required for registering an RV. And if someone has had an RV off the roads for many years, perhaps there hasn't been any state registration in years (and/or the last registration was in some other state where it had originally come from under a previous owners.)
So I'm wondering how buyers of RVs from private sellers go about covering all of the bases. (I'm in Texas and plan to buy in Texas, in case any Texans here can give me some comments from past experience.) I will probably buy from a dealer because of the convenience of big inventory but I've been watching the private seller ads also and have noticed some interesting deals.
[Of course, Bills of Sale are easy to generate and who is to say that the same seller hasn't collected downpayments from two buyers who are coming back on the weekend to pick up their RV? But I figure that those kinds of risks will always exist and unless one works through escrow agents and complex transfer methods, there's always some risks like these.]
FT'er,38' 5W/ToyHauler but no toys; rural eastern Texas 140mi.from Houston coastline.[On-grid gray/black-water code-compliant.] Interested in feedback re: climate/mold issues, vermin/pests/coyotes, energy-conservation tech & experiments, passive solar, RV security.