I recently bought a car from a family member the title has not been transferred over yet. I was pulled over and the car was impounded upon going to the impound to request to get a release of the vehicle was told I needed to have a title in my name even though I told them that the title transfer has not been completed but I did hold a bill of sale they told me that the bill of sale was not a legal document and would not constitute proof of ownership so I requested to remove property from the car in which I was told that I would need to be the owner of the car to be able to get property out of it.
This is yet another one of those situations where the gatekeeper doesn't know the law and you can argue with them (which is often futile), comply with their requests, or find a way around the problem. First, I can't help but notice that the title still isn't in your name, why is that? If it's a family friend get the title already. Also, if the petty functionary wants the "title holder" to come pick up the car, then give them a ride up there and get them to sign the car out to you and you pay the fines. If it's a close family member of the same gender that looks a lot like you, go down there and tell them that you are the owner and show them the title, they probably won't know and you'll walk out with the car. You've got a lot of options here, and there's probably more, but that's what I could think of in the last few minutes, and I think any one of those would be perfectly fine.
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THe only way to prove ownership is by title. If you can get the title, what is the problem?
Generally, the storage company will not release the car to anyone but the title holder of record. You really need to go ahead and get the title transferred ASAP! It takes a few days after filing the documents to get the official title document in the mail, but the clerk should give you a receipt to show that the title transfer was filed. That may be enough for the storage company, but it may not. Ultimately, they've got the car, and the fastest way to get it back is not to fight with them. To get the car back, or to get your stuff out of the car quickly, you'll need to get your relative who still is listed on the title to go with you.
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