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Old 06-11-2014, 06:19 AM
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So I was at a Habitat for Humanity Re-Store and found a amazing looking outboard. I think it is a 2006 Yami 2 stroke 8hp. All the serial numbers were gone or scraped off. I told the manager. He says it was a stolen motor donated by the Charlotte County Sheriffs Department. They donate a lot of stuff here. I bought it for $125. I had to unfreeze the prop. put in new gas and she starts on a half pull, runs perfect. I want to sell the motor(this was the reason I bought it, profit) but now I'm scared someone might call cops on me. Should I be?
Old 06-11-2014, 06:23 AM
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Did you save your receipt? Its a logical story. I wouldn't worry too much about it. Do you look like a sketchy criminal who might steal an outboard? If your answers are yes and no, proceed with the sale without a second thought. You or whoever titles it are going to have to jump through some hoops though.
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got the receipt from when you bought it?...


call sheriff dept for some paperwork on it?...
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I would have paperwork on it. If you sell it and the buyer notices than they will be wondering why and want to see proof. If they don't notice and try to sell it down the road and the new buyer notices it could come back to you. Of course you can always say I don't know what you are talking about and I don't know what you have done with it since you bought it and hang up the phone....
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i look a little sketchy. and receipt is useless........says sporting goods, besides would you want to pay 800 for a motor when receipt says 125. Is the licensing is a problem? i have had or three different motors on my licensed lil skiff
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Originally Posted by mkonrath72 View Post
i look a little sketchy. and receipt is useless........says sporting goods, besides would you want to pay 800 for a motor when receipt says 125. Is the licensing is a problem? i have had or three different motors on my licensed lil skiff
No engine title in fl. Motor is not considered stolen anymore since was recovered by sheriffs dept. Lack of ser probably why they could not locate previous owner. The next buyer can ask all they want but can not find out of it was stolen because there is no way to trace. It was most likely recovered with many stolen items from an individual caught stealing and since there was evidence of tampering to hide the theft it was confiscated.
Tell the perspective buyer it is a theft recovery and you purchased for on sherries office. That will hurt resale somewhat.
It would take a page to discuss it but I dealt with these things and you just have to let the buyer/seller know it is what it is. A buyer who want a to turn over every last leaf on a cheap outboard has to much time on their hands and will be a pain in the a## anyway.
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Originally Posted by mkonrath72 View Post
i look a little sketchy.
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Old 06-11-2014, 07:09 AM
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Where are you located?
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Can you get it notarized?

Not sure if that would help.....
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The owner from which it was stolen might not think that it is OK for anyone else to have it.

The insurance company who might have paid a claim for a stolen motor might think they have a claim to ownership of the motor.

It might be coded within Yamaha's system as being stolen.

This is not making any sense to me. But, we are talking about a Florida (I think) law enforcement agency.
Old 06-11-2014, 07:17 AM
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I'll double your money, no paperwork needed, good friend of mine is a detective at CCSO anyways. That little engine is what I'm looking for.
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Advertise it honestly and have as much paperwork as you can get on it for the prospective buyer. Who cares if you got a smoking deal on it at $125, as long as you are re-selling it for a good deal? Should still be of value to your buyer!

Good luck!
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Your consternation seems to be about what you paid for the motor. Selling something at a profit after requires you put your big boy pants on to make the sale. I could care less if a buyer knows what I paid. The real question is what are you willing to pay.
Since you cannot provide clear ownership you are going to take a hit.

If I were you I would have required a much more specific receipt. Maybe it is not to late. Go back to the seller and get some better paperwork. If you fail chalk it up to experience.
Do not let greed could your mind like it did this time.
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Originally Posted by mkonrath72 View Post
i look a little sketchy.
Then the buyer would assume you stole it even if the numbers were still on it.

I'd clear my schedule for the next 18 months when you post it for sale.
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All I know is that I am going to Habitat for Humanity to shop for an outboard.

Hopefully they will have a 25hp. I'm not worried about selling it just going to run it like it was stolen.........

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I would think that the Sheriff has some paperwork describing recovery of the stolen motor and its disposition. Around here, stolen items go to auction if their owners can't be located. The "story" is creative, I'll give you that.
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Originally Posted by CruiseToFish View Post
I'll double your money, no paperwork needed, good friend of mine is a detective at CCSO anyways. That little engine is what I'm looking for.
Damn! I was going to offer $200, no questions asked!
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Youe situation creates some problems. I cant believe the Sheriffs office would put that motor back in the market without a sticker or some sort of documentation to indicate what it is. Here is why, in several states I have been in and my home state of MS, if a wildlife officer checks that motor and finds no data plate, it is confiscated. I also know that in MO, the boat repair shop close to our vacation house is a frequent stop for the game warden. He checks the rigs coming in, if one is without data plate--- its gone. You may get it back with documentation, but its gone. There is a sn somewhere on that motor. You may have to get a yamaha dealer to find it but its there.

Now that being said you only have 3 real options, get the sn from the yamaha guy and make up a data plate that looks original, sell it for parts on ebay or use it on private bodies of water where it will not be checked and you do your own maintenence. If you take it to a "good" yamaha shop the first thing they are going to do when they look for the data plate is tell you to get it out of here or call the cops.
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Surely the sheriff's office would provide a chain of custody and record (s) showing delivery to Habitat so a buyer could enjoy his purchase without fear, etc.?
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Am I the only one wondering about the veracity of this story..."I have a friend with a motor..."

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