> It really is a big mix up and I can't see any way out of it.
one grand mix-up, and I feel for you. I'd like very much to ask you some further details, just to satisfy my curiosity, but I don't want you delaying in getting the professional legal help you actually need in this matter.
In the eyes of the state, you are riding a motorcycle that is both titled to and tagged to someone else--and therefore is owned
by that other person, not you. This could be <u>very</u> bad news if you're stopped for a traffic infraction, or maybe even just a routine license check if the officer is in a suspicious mood.
Now realistically, the other person isn't likely to press charges since the same thing probably happened to them and they're riding "somebody else's" vehicle too, due to the same mix-up. But you don't want to have to go through all the grief until that fact is established to the law's satisfaction.
If you think you're worried now
, imagine sitting in a cell with some bad dude who's looking for a temporary girlfriend until the district attorney gets around to checking out your story. That could get really
unnerving. And if the DA is running for re-election and needs an easy grand larceny case to look good in front of the voters of the Lone Star State...
Now, I'm partly joking in the previous paragraph just to lighten the mood; but in all seriousness, it would be a mess no matter how it plays out.
The only even remotely
possible simple solution I can see would be if the guy whose name is on the title with your VIN has a bike <u>your</u> name on the title showing his VIN. But still, GET THE LAWYER involved right away, because:
(a) The other guy won't know you from Adam and may be reluctant to talk directly at first;
(b) As incompetent as the dealership was, it may not be as simple as a two-party swap of title and registration; there could be three buyers or more involved;
(c) Since you financed your purchase, and he probably did too, both of your creditors will have to be on the same page with this deal; that is, Polaris might have to agree to cancel the lien on the title showing the other guy's true VIN and his lender will have to do the same before you can sign the titles over to each other and register them in the correct names. In the process, Polaris and the other lender will want to be absolutely sure their names get put on the correct titles, so a lawyer may be someone they would trust to see that it gets done.
This could get trickier than you want to attempt on your own. You can't afford anyone making further slip-ups at this point.
[ This message was edited by: Diego on 2006-10-28 21:26 ]