Like other travelers, Sam Cristol hates getting taken for a ride by his car rental company. Once, after he dropped off his vehicle, he received a notice demanding payment for a damaged bumper. His response offers an essential lesson in how to avoid getting ripped off at the car rental counter.
About the author: Russell Brennan has 25 years experience of the music industry, as a musician, record producer, songwriter, A & R person, photographer, stylist, record label and music publishing boss, music journalist and manager. For in depth advice on how to succeed in the music business without being ripped off, read the new and updated edition of his book Music Business Bastards (How to do well in the music business without getting ripped off).
While there are certainly honest auto dealers out there, not everyone is on the up-and-up. If you are in the market for a new vehicle or want to make sure you get the best deal possible when you are, consider these warning signs that you may be getting ripped off:
There are less scrupulous methods that give consumers options for how to title a motorcycle without title, but the legality of these methods is arguable. Some riders build their bikes, then purchase a title and VIN plate to pair with the bike as a quick way to get road-ready approval (without really getting approval).
Previously trade-in credit was allowed between husband/wife, or parent/child without the title having to be changed into the other entities name that was buying the new vehicle. The vehicle must be in the same name as the new vehicle being titled in order to receive trade-in credit for tax purposes.
If the original owner is giving their vehicle to another entity without consideration, monetary or otherwise, the original owner of the vehicle will have to assign the title over to the new owner. Both the original owner and the entity receiving the vehicle will have to complete an Affidavit of Transfer of Ownership Without Consideration (DMV-5-TR) which will have to be submitted with the title. The new owner can then apply for title, if the vehicle is a gift, then the fee to transfer the title into their name will be $15. 781b155fdc