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Old 06-10-10, 07:15 PM   #1
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You can't hide on the internet!

I am selling my boat. My old boat partner's name is still on the trailer title. He moved away before we had a chance to transfer the title.

I have not talked to the guy in about 8 years or so. He is a pilot and has lived all over the US and also in Europe. Fat chance I would track him down now.

To make a long story short I find it is going to cost me $128 in court costs + $300 for advertising to get his name removed. Advertising he would probably never see! All for a $500 trailer!!

I had done a search before and got tons of hits on his name. He has a fairly common name and shares it with a historical figure which gets tons of hits alone.

So I am staring at the title and decide to get creative with his name and search on his full name including middle initial. The first two hits come up with a database with tail numbers. One listed a small town in Missouri.

After seeing the town I thought I recognized it and did a White pages search in the small MO town, using his last name ( nothing came up with first and last) and started calling names. The first lady was very nice and said she knew of him but did not know him. I mentioned he was a pilot and suggested I call her local airport.

Bingo! The man at the airport said "yeah I just talked to him yesterday". He gave me my friends number and I got in touch with him tonight.

Turns out he just registered the plane about a year ago. If it was not for him buying that plane and the tail number website. I would have never have found him.


I think it is all pretty amazing anyway.

Thank goodness for small towns. Had I dialed a large city, not only would I have more names to dial but I doubt people would be that cooperative and trusting.

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Old 06-10-10, 07:18 PM   #2
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Sounds like it was all for a good purpose. Good detective work.
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Old 06-10-10, 08:54 PM   #5
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small town in Missouri...?
historical name...?

is Mark Twain buying a plane for?
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I am selling my boat. My old boat partner's name is still on the trailer title. He moved away before we had a chance to transfer the title.

I have not talked to the guy in about 8 years or so. He is a pilot and has lived all over the US and also in Europe. Fat chance I would track him down now.

To make a long story short I find it is going to cost me $128 in court costs + $300 for advertising to get his name removed. Advertising he would probably never see! All for a $500 trailer!!

I had done a search before and got tons of hits on his name. He has a fairly common name and shares it with a historical figure which gets tons of hits alone.

So I am staring at the title and decide to get creative with his name and search on his full name including middle initial. The first two hits come up with a database with tail numbers. One listed a small town in Missouri.

After seeing the town I thought I recognized it and did a White pages search in the small MO town, using his last name ( nothing came up with first and last) and started calling names. The first lady was very nice and said she knew of him but did not know him. I mentioned he was a pilot and suggested I call her local airport.

Bingo! The man at the airport said "yeah I just talked to him yesterday". He gave me my friends number and I got in touch with him tonight.

Turns out he just registered the plane about a year ago. If it was not for him buying that plane and the tail number website. I would have never have found him.


I think it is all pretty amazing anyway.

Thank goodness for small towns. Had I dialed a large city, not only would I have more names to dial but I doubt people would be that cooperative and trusting.
Did he agree to sign off on the title?
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I once located someone using just their first name. Common name, kind of odd spelling of it though.
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Just for giggles, try googling yourself sometimes. Interesting.
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Did he agree to sign off on the title?
Got in touch with him and he agreed to do whatever it takes.

I learned that I can just get him to sign a power of attorney and then I can sign the tittle.

Looks like I will be getting me a new plane as well as selling a trailer.
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Old 06-11-10, 04:23 PM   #10
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Got in touch with him and he agreed to do whatever it takes.

I learned that I can just get him to sign a power of attorney and then I can sign the tittle.
This is true, but a POA wouldn't be needed for such a mundane transaction. That is generally for more broad reaching activities, or if you were to represent him and his affairs.

You could just have him send you a notarized release or quit claim.
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Not that I would ever suggest merely signing a name on the title......
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