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Seller will not give me motorcycle title or bill of sale

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I am a Missouri resident and I bought a motorcycle engine through eBay a year ago from a shop in Alabama. When they shipped the motor to me, the crate did not contain either a Title or Bill of Sale. I have tried contacting the seller but they will not return my emails. I have the eBay listing showing that I won the auction and purchased the motor, The paypal receipt showing that I paid for the motor and that the seller received the payment, as well as the shipping invoice from the seller shipping the motor to me. What can I do to get a title? Would there be a way around the seller with the proof of purchase that I have?

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I am sorry to hear of your dilemma.   I realize how frustrating this is for you and I hope to provide you information which is accurate and useful, even though it may not be the news you were hoping to get.

Unfortunately, I do not see that you would have any way around having to sue the seller for breach of contract to provide the title or, at least, cooperate, in submitting an affidavit to get a replacement title.

This would need to be done in the small claims court in the Alabama county where the seller is located.

Before you sue, though, you may want to try contacting the Missouri DMV to see if you can get a new title using the documentation you have and an affidavit.

They may require you go through Alabama first since that is the state of origin.

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