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Old Today, 08:51 AM   #1
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Subject pretty much explains my predicament...

I have a car hauler trailer that I want to sell....but that's pretty difficult without a title or reg.

I bought it a couple years ago and pretty much rebuilt/rewired/re-axled it from the bottom up.

I really only use once or twice a year so whenever need I have a couple trailer plates hanging around here and I'll just stick one on it and go.

I know...I know....that's not the legal way to do it...but....that's what I've been doing.

Due to the fact that I rarely use it....and if I do need a hauler I have a couple friends that have trailers I can use...I want to sell it.


So my question is...now....how do I get it legit so I can sell it ?

It's all steel, dual (new) axles (both with brakes and wired as such), ramps, all electricals work properly...etc.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks, Dan
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Get it weighed at a certified scale, take weight slip into Secretary of State and tell them you just built the trailer. That is unless there is an obvious manufactures tag on it, then have apply for a title through them.
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Cliff notes take it to a certified scale. Weigh it, get a weight slip take it to the SOS and register it as a homemade trailer. Or skip registering it and give the new owner the weight slip and a bill of sale. That will allow them to register it.


http://www.michigan.gov/sos/0,8611,7...5702--,00.html


If you purchased a new or used trailer weighing less than 2,500 lbs., bring one of the following to a Secretary of State branch office to register it:

a) For a new trailer, the Manufacturer's Certificate of Origin or the retailer's bill of sale.

b) For a used trailer, a bill of sale from the seller. The bill of sale should include the trailer's year, make, and vehicle identification number, along with the seller's name and address.

c) For an assembled or homemade trailer, please review this link as well: Assembled Vehicles.

The empty weight of the trailer will be needed for registration purposes. The empty weight (shipping weight) will show on a Manufacturer's Certificate of Origin, or, in the case of a used trailer, on the seller's Michigan registration.

If the weight is not available from either of these documents, you will need to have the trailer weighed at a certified scale. By law, a trailer may be towed without a license plate, using the most direct route, to a certified scale to have it weighed (MCL 257.216). Certified scales are typically found at truck stops, grain elevators, scrap metal recyclers, and junk yards. Bring the scale weight receipt when you visit a Secretary of State office.

When titling or registering a trailer, 6% use tax is due on the purchase price or retail dollar value, whichever is higher. The 6% use tax is not due if you purchased the trailer from a retailer and paid 6% sales tax with your purchase. Bring your bill of sale with you showing 6% tax was paid to the retailer.

Trailer plates are permanent (non-expiring) and remain valid until ownership transfers. Trailer and Trailer Coach plate fees are:

Empty Weight Plate Fee
0 - 2,499 lbs. $75
2,500 - 9,999 lbs. $200
10,000 lbs. and over $300
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Wow.

Thanks for all the quick answers !

I'll try not to drag this out forever...but.

A couple more questions.


There's a couple salvage yards near me with scales. Will they typically let you drive on with a trailer and weigh it for you if you're not bringing anything in ?

And. No worries about a VIN with a "homemade" trailer ?


Thanks again !

Dan
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I've seen people at salvage yards doing this before but I'd call ahead either way.
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No VIN. Title will state 'assembled Trailer'
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In the state of Michigan if the trailer is 2499 pounds and under there is no title. Once you are over that it has to be inspected and titled.

I build custom trailers and never had an issue. I run to the gravel pit up the road from my house they charge $3 to go across the scale and give me a slip.

Once you get over that 2499 mark you have to call and have a cop come out and inspect it like you would when you fix a totaled car/truck to make sure it's safe to go down the road (lights, tires, brakes, hitch, safety chains..........) really easy. Hen take the inspection paper work with weight slip to the SOS and they will register it and assign a vin number. Just make sure you tell them you built it from parts on hand or they are going to ask for receipts
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My assembled trailer does have a Vin and Vin on the title.
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