went to register my brand new jeep...it was already registered
So here's a problem I didn't anticipate.
I leased a 2013 JKU at the end of September. I love it, it's wonderful, etc, etc.
Yesterday I went to the DMV to do all the title and registration stuff. The woman at the counter frowned at her computer for a while, and then said, "I won't be able to plate your vehicle today. It's already registered in ____ County" (the next county over).
She had never seen that before, so she made a few phone calls while I stood there. It turns out that the state had rejected the paperwork, because my VIN had already been used to register a vehicle in a neighboring county.
All she was ultimately able to do for me was issue me a new temp tag (since mine had 3 days left on it) and tell me to go see the dealer I leased it from. The mix-up must have come from there, she said.
So I went to the dealer. I described what the DMV had told me, and the dealer said that was impossible. Such a thing had never happened before. But the woman (I'm not sure what her job was...I take it she is the behind-the-scenes paperwork person) started making phone calls, and the "oh crap" look on her face grew stronger with every one. At one point she had me walk her out to the Jeep, which was sitting in the visitor lot, to check the VIN against the paperwork she had. It matched.
So, what seems to have happened is that I bought my Jeep and some other person bought his (or her) Jeep at around the same time. Somehow, a the other guy ended up with MY title paperwork, and the dealer sent in my paperwork with a copy of the paperwork that belongs to my Jeep. The other person registered his Jeep first, in a neighboring county, using MY VIN. So now, as far as the state is concerned, my Jeep is already registered, and titled, to this other person.
DMV won't tell the dealer (or me) who the other person is, out of privacy concerns I guess. The dealer seems to think that if they track that other person down, they can sort all this out. But this seems like a bigger SNAFU to me...can the state just un-do a title transfer or registration? Is this going to permanently damage the title? Will it show up as a 2-owner vehicle? I'm starting to really get nervous about the ramifications of this.
And if it isn't settled in 30 days, I don't know if I'll be able to get another temp tag. The DMV seemed reluctant to issue one this time.
Has anyone ever seen this happen, or is anyone in a position to say what might come of this? The woman at the dealer was very apologetic and made it a point to say over and over that she could fix it, but like I said, I'm very nervous.
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