Let me tell you about a nightmare I've been having for the last few days. It all started when Dad bought the van for me. The seller, Bill, said the title for the van was still in process and hadn't gotten to them yet and that he'll send it to us when he gets it. We were so thrilled about getting the van so cheap, that we weren't gonna let a title problem stop us. Well now I find out, after about a dozen long distance calls to Mankato and Information, that a different guy sold it to Bill while his bank had the title because of an unpaid loan. Bill was not to sell the van, but did when we flashed $300 in his face. Now it seems the other guy is bankrupt or something and can't pay off the loan for awhile to get us the title.
So I'm left with a few solutions to this problem. After asking everybody I know, here is what I'm left with: Mom says if it was her she'd have brought it to the police, or at least the bank, and told them it wasn't her van, and be done with it. She says my best choice would be to sell it back to Dad and get another vehicle to travel in that's mine. Two of my buddies said to switch the ID plates with one in the junkyard and tell the first guy that I junked his van. The only trouble with this is that I could go to jail. An attorney said he could write both guys a threatening letter asking for a title in five days and then confront the bank and see if I can settle with them. But he didn't sound too confident that this would have any results (but he would bill me). Dad's advice is to just take off and he'll take care of the title or at least send me license tabs in September. He is confident that he can put "the fear of god" in these people and get some action. The trouble with this idea is that van won't be in my name and if it gets towed, somehow, I won't be able to get it back.
What would you do?
I've changed my mind many times now, but I'm going to go with Dad's (and my) idea to just take off. I'll be able to leave pretty quick and it'll feel great. As far as the potential for problems, we'll have to look ahead a few pages in this journal to see how my luck holds out.