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Old 01-22-2015, 11:54 PM   #1
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Escape Preregistration Not Possible In Texas?

My finance company wants a "VTR 68A" form completed for our new trailer. I didn't even know what that was. Apparently it is an application for a VIN registration for an imported vehicle in Texas. Thing is, it is only completed by a law enforcement officer in person. That would mean I'd have to tow the trailer to the Police Department in San Antonio, pay for them to inspect it and provide the form, then take that form to the tax office along with the application for title before I could get tags! Color me confused.
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Old 01-23-2015, 02:08 AM   #2
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Can you get temp plates for pickup and driving to the PD?
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Old 01-23-2015, 02:11 AM   #3
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A month on temp tags? Don't really like the idea. We won't be back in South Texas for several weeks after pick up. I'm not even sure the finance company is right in saying we need the form. I've asked for clarification.
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They seem to be saying that you have to have possession of the trailer before they will loan you the money to pay for it. Quite odd.
No like experience from Texas Escape Owners group?
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Or they're saying they'll finance it but they want a copy of the executed form after I register it. Can't imagine why. I've asked some other Texas owners if they had to do this. Sounds hokey to me.
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Old 01-23-2015, 02:24 AM   #6
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That makes more sense. I'm assuming they want to register a lien against the trailer.
Do they not have your house or some other as security?
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I know nothing about US banking, but I used my line of credit ( secured by my house ) to buy the trailer and the RAV. I just wrote the cheques. The car dealer suggested I call the bank to tell them I was writing a cheque for the RAV and when I did the bank expressed no interest in what I was doing with the money.
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Well yeah, but the lien is applied as part of the title application. This other form is apparently for verifying and registering the VIN? Apparently a cop has to physically verify the VIN and complete the form, then I take that, the bill of sale and the title application to get tags. Except for the standard title application it smacks of unnecessary red tape. We thought of using an Equity line of credit, but there are a number of US rules that make that difficult, and in Texas, the Homestead laws make it harder still. It comes of a philosophy that a man's home shouldn't be put to risk to secure personal credit. Home equity loans of any kind in Texas are subject to different rules than in other states, and until recently, they were not even allowed.
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Before the current process of picking up the Escape at Sumas, I picked up my 19 at ETI and at the US boarder US Customs physically verified the VIN. Now, with Sumas as the delivery point, could it not be assumed that US Customs verifies the VIN when ETI brings the trailer to the boarder? If so, then why couldn't the form that US Customs signed off be used instead of the VTR 68A form?
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