John Deere 5045 problems when buying a tractor.
How to prove ownership if a John Deere 5045 farm tractor has no title or registration?
Vehicle registration is an instrument that the government uses to collect annual fees and taxes from vehicle owners. The primary purpose of these fees and taxes is to improve and maintain local highways, public roads, and a state’s transportation network that use these vehicles. Since most tractors, especially agricultural ones, do not use these roads, highways, tunnels and bridges regularly, they are not entitled to register or pay these fees and taxes to the government.
I bought my farm tractor privately for cash and did not receive any documentation other than a handwritten receipt. After verifying that the farm tractor does not have a title or registration, how can I prove that I am the owner of the tractor? I sought help from many lawyers and notaries in the city, who advised me to keep a copy of the purchase invoice, which is your property claim, to avoid any confusion. However, if someone does not have any useful documents, write down the following points in document form at the time of tractor purchase:
- Odometer reading, note the odometer reading, date and time of tractor purchase, take a photo of the odometer and save with a date stamp such as “John Deere Tractor 5045E, odometer reading March 9, 2021”.
- Serial numbers, write down all the serial numbers mentioned in different parts of the tractors. I also recommend that you take photos of all these serial numbers and save them with a date stamp as mentioned above.
- Seller ID, take a copy of the seller ID and attach it with the box receipt or any other related documents a tractor.
- The photo proves that it is strongly recommended that you take a photo with the former owner of the tractor, while buying a tractor from him.
- Postcard, another important step is to ask the seller to send the cash receipt to via postcard at the postal address provided. The federal stamps on the postcard will act as additional evidence to prove ownership of the tractor. Additional steps, get advice from a notary or attorney on the same matter and try to get any additional paperwork. Some specific parts of the tractor can also be registered with some local authorities to confirm ownership at the time of claim.
All types of tractors have serial numbers or VINs that are usually printed on the tractor’s body plate. Various components of tractors, such as the engine and axle, also have serial numbers. In the serial numbers or VIN of the tractors, the first three digits indicate the year of manufacture of that tractor. Depending on the model and manufacturer, the serial or VIN numbers can be anywhere as defined below:
- On the floor or on the console seat platform in the cab.
- Printed on the chassis, in front of the cab on the right or left side.
- On the gravestone.
- On the frame in the engine compartment or on the chassis.
- Behind the front wheel on the front chassis to the left or right.
- On the chassis or transmission under the operator’s cab.
Sure, buying an expensive and necessary vehicle like a tractor without a title or registration seems strange and unsafe. The title or the registration gives peace of mind to claim the property, especially in case of theft or robbery. However, by taking some prudent steps like the ones mentioned above, you can secure ownership of the tractor without any kind of title or registration. I would suggest that it is better to be safe than sorry by completing all of the above steps and even a few additional ones.