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spinnaker 06-10-10 07:15 PM

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! :mad: 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.

gitarzan 06-10-10 07:18 PM

Serendipitous.

bhchdh 06-10-10 07:22 PM

Kinda scarey

Wordbiker 06-10-10 07:25 PM

Sounds like it was all for a good purpose. Good detective work.

spry 06-10-10 08:54 PM

small town in Missouri...?
historical name...?

:wtf: is Mark Twain buying a plane for?

dahut 06-10-10 08:59 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by spinnaker (Post 10944888)
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! :mad: 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?

busted knuckles 06-10-10 11:28 PM

I once located someone using just their first name. Common name, kind of odd spelling of it though.

dahut 06-11-10 06:13 AM

Just for giggles, try googling yourself sometimes. Interesting.

spinnaker 06-11-10 04:18 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by dahut (Post 10945405)
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. :)

longbeachgary 06-11-10 04:23 PM

next time try Zaba

jdon 06-11-10 05:02 PM

I am invisible.
:)

dahut 06-11-10 07:22 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by spinnaker (Post 10949437)
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.

MillCreek 06-11-10 10:45 PM

:innocent:Not that I would ever suggest merely signing a name on the title......


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