As a general rule, states do not have interlocking fines and penalties for titling and/or registering non-titled vehicles.
For example, in CA if a trailer is sold on a bill of sale only there is a procedure for gaining title
. But, if it was registered in CA in the past 5 years, and the buyer can't prove that it was subsequently registered in another state, they may be liable for full back registration and penalties. Again any buyer should do a dry run first with their autoclub or DMV before purchasing any trailer or vehicle that is lacking current registration, much less lacking a title.
And again, some states don't even title older trailers, and will often register them with only a bill of sale.
IMHO: In as much as we often have many potential FGRV buyers reading these posts, any thing; tips, warnings or red flags we can share with them are paramount. Protecting sellers is secondary.
Originally Posted by LeonardS
So, Bob, do states have reciprocal registration fees? As in, if an AZ or NM buyer goes to their DMV, can they start a new registration, and skip the the CA DMV issues?
(My apologies to the seller. If you feel this discussion is detrimental to your efforts to sell I will delete my posts. )