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What to do with the car you inherited

It’s what you’ve always wanted! An eccentric uncle leaves you his property in his will. Wow! You get excited, but then you wonder, “What did I get?” That happened recently to Gary, a young central Phoenix entrepreneur.

He drives up to the address given to him by the lawyer and finds a not-too-shabby mobile home. As he puts the key in the door, he dreads what’s inside. “Was he a hoarder?”

Amazingly enough, eccentric Uncle Jack wasn’t. He kept a rather clean home full of WWII memorabilia. As Gary walks around, he sees pictures of Uncle Jack in front of a B52 bomber and his war buddies. “Gee, I should have gotten to know him better. I bet he had some great war stories!” He then sees a picture of him in front of a 1954 Chevy. “Cool car.”

After he walks around the house he goes out to the back yard where there’s a detached garage. He unlocks the padlock and as the sunlight illuminates the contents, Gary is pleasantly surprised. There sits the 1954 Chevy! It hasn’t been driven in years, but Gary sees it as a restoration project. “How did Uncle Jack know that I’ve always wanted to restore an old car?!”

Well, before Gary gets the Chevy street-ready, he has to deal with the title transfer for not just the car, but also the mobile home. The land the home sits on is real estate, but the mobile home is a vehicle. After going through all of his uncle’s papers, he couldn’t find the titles of the home or the car.

Luckily, Gary heard about Prompt Titles and Registrations on Thomas Rd & 30th Street in Phoenix. He called them and they came to the house to do a Level 1 inspection on the home and the car. As Authorized MVD Third Party Vehicle Inspectors, they provided a “Bonded Title” for both showing clarification of vehicle title ownership.

This process can be used when someone doesn’t have a properly endorsed title or proper supporting documentation.

Now, Uncle Jack could have saved Gary all the trouble by filling out a “Beneficiary Designation” form for “Vehicle Title Transfer Upon Death” when he wrote his will. They still would have had to do a Level 1 inspection because of the missing titles, but ownership would have transferred smoothly when Uncle Jack passed away.

This is a hypothetical story, but if you find yourself in a similar situation or want to designate a beneficiary for your motor home, car or truck, call the friendly folks at Prompt Titles and Registrations for help at 602-957-0450. They also offer auto insurance. It’s your one-stop place to get your vehicle ready for the road. (Vehicles 1966 and older do not require emissions tests.)

Prompt Titles & Registrations

Two Locations to Serve you!
3001 E Thomas Road, Ste. 101
Phoenix, AZ 85016
(602) 957-0450

3126 W Thomas Road, Ste. 102A
Phoenix, AZ 85017
(602) 269-6000

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3 Things you need to know when selling a car in AZ

For Sale signIf you’re selling, have sold or plan to sell a vehicle or transfer ownership somehow in Arizona, here are a few things you need to know:

  1. You must complete a “Sold Notice” – this protects you from any liability for accidents, tickets, etc. that may occur after the sale.
  2. You must also complete the transfer information on the back of the Certificate of Title and give it to the new owner.
  • Make sure it’s a “clean” title and there aren’t any liens on it.
  • If the title is missing or lost, you can bring it to any of our offices and we’ll do a title inspection.
  • Remove the license plate from the vehicle and keep it. You are responsible for that plate. If something happens to the vehicle after the sale like being involved in a crime or left abandoned, you’ll be responsible. Depending on when you registered the vehicle, you may qualify for a credit or refund. Visit one of our offices.

Prompt Titles & Registrations

Two Locations to Serve you!
3001 E Thomas Road, Ste. 101
Phoenix, AZ 85016
(602) 957-0450

3126 W Thomas Road, Ste. 102A
Phoenix, AZ 85017
(602) 269-6000

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8 Things you need to know if you’re new to Phoenix

Welcome to Phoenix!

For whatever reason, you’ve relocated to the Valley of the Sun. You’re moved in, got a permanent job, are not a “snow bird” (in AZ for less than 7 months any calendar year), are planning to register to vote, placed kids in school and are getting acclimated to the dryness.

Here are a few things you need to know:

  1. If you brought a vehicle from out of state, it is the law that you must obtain an Arizona vehicle registration and driver’s license immediately! Visit 1 of our 2 convenient locations and we’ll take care of your vehicle registration in a jiffy!
  2. You should visit a dealership of your vehicle’s make and get it coated. Otherwise the intense sun here in Phoenix will destroy your paint. You’ll see many vehicles around with a tie-dyed look – that’s what causes it.
  3. Drink lots and lots of water! The other day it was 5% humidity. That’s dry. Very Dry. It’ll take your body several months to get used to the dryness. If you’re thirsty, you’re dehydrated. Always have a glass or bottle of water at your desk at work and drink pure water. Juice and soft drinks don’t cut it. Coffee will also dehydrate you so limit your intake. Take plenty of water with you when you hiking.
  4. Wear sunscreen if you go hiking, walking or doing any outside activity. In the summer, don’t go hiking after 10 am. The heat is too intense.
  5. At 6 pm, in the heart of the summer, it’ll still be in the 100s. Heck, at 11 pm it’ll still be in the 100s! I can almost guarantee that wherever you’re from, after 4 pm it usually get’s cooler. Not in Phoenix. That’s the HOTTEST time of the day. The concrete all over the city absorbs the sun’s heat and it radiates back up. And, yes, it’s a DRY HEAT! It’ll feel like you’re in a oven compare to the steam room you may be used to.
  6. View of downtown Phoenix from Shaw Butte by Giselle AguiarThat mist you see in the distance is the infamous Brown Cloud of the Phoenix valley. It’s a mixture of dust and pollution. If you suffer from any respiratory illnesses, watch out for bad air quality days and limit your time outdoors.
  7. Register to vote by Oct. 8, 2012 if you want to vote in the General Election Nov. 6You can register online, but you’ll have to send them eventually some proof of citizenship and residency.
  8. Arizona does not observe Day Light Savings Time. In the summer, we’re the same as Pacific Time and in the Winter, Mountain Time. Some time ago, the powers-that-be decided that with the heat in the summer (see #6 above) we didn’t need an extra hour of daylight!

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Prompt Titles & Registrations

Two Locations to Serve you!
3001 E Thomas Road, Ste. 101
Phoenix, AZ 85016
(602) 957-0450

3126 W Thomas Road, Ste. 102A
Phoenix, AZ 85017
(602) 269-6000

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Have you lost the title to your Mobile Home?

There are a lot of mobile homes or trailers in Arizona where people have lost their titles because they have changed hands many times. (This holds true for vehicles as well.)

If they can’t find the original owner to get a duplicate title with their ID, then they can apply for a Bonded Title Affidavit with step by step instructions.

Some of the steps are:  

  1. Verify if the vehicle or mobile home is stolen or not.
  2. A physical inspection is required and a Bonded Title Affidavit needs to be filled out.
  3. A Motor Vehicle Record needs to be taken to contact any past owners or lien-holders via certified mail.

It sounds difficult, but it can be done. Once the initial steps are taken and a bond amount is set by MVD, then the individual takes the bond amount paperwork to an insurance company for the bond. For a fee we can do the process for you.

Prompt Titles & Registrations

Two Locations to Serve you!
3001 E Thomas Road, Ste. 101
Phoenix, AZ 85016
(602) 957-0450

3126 W Thomas Road, Ste. 102A
Phoenix, AZ 85017
(602) 269-6000

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Prompt Titles helps company get their registrations straight

truck

An Arizona fence company with several locations throughout the state, had their trucks registered some to the headquarters, some to the individual locations and some even to the owners! They needed all of them registered in the main company name and with the headquarters’ address. And the registrations all renewed at the same time!

The folks at Prompt Titles easily helped them out.

If your Phoenix-based business has several company cars or trucks with different registrations and you’d like to consolidate them, contact Prompt Titles & Registrations.

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Prompt Titles & Registrations

Two Locations to Serve you!
3001 E Thomas Road, Ste. 101
Phoenix, AZ 85016
(602) 957-0450

3126 W Thomas Road, Ste. 102A
Phoenix, AZ 85017
(602) 269-6000

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