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Reclaiming Possession of Vehicle in another state

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Old 04-05-17, 03:43 PM
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Reclaiming Possession of Vehicle in another state

Hi! Thank you in advance for reading.

A friend purchased a vehicle, in his name only (titled/registered in HIS name only in FL). His ex has the vehicle in her possession in AL. He would like to get the vehicle back... what is the best way to go about doing that?

He is certain, if he calls her up and lets her know he's coming to get the car, she will damage it.

Ideally, we want to go up there, get the keys (she has the only set) and drive it down, without notice. Just kind of show up to get it.

"Hi! Nice to see you! Can we get the keys?"

I just don't think it will go that smoothly. :/

Her name has been on his insurance policy the entire time (she moved away 2/2013) but the policy is up this month, so when he renews, his plan is to not keep her on the policy. (side question... if the vehicle is covered, but she's not on the policy... if she damages the vehicle while driving it, will it be covered under the policy?)

thank you again!
 
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Old 04-05-17, 03:56 PM
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I'd order a duplicate key through a Dealer and then go.
 
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Old 04-05-17, 04:06 PM
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Florida & Alabama have reciprocal recognition agreements. I would contact the Sheriff's Dept. in Florida & see what they can do for you. If they can't help, report it stolen.

The answer to your second question is the insurance follows the vehicle. It doesn't matter that her name isn't on the policy. If he doesn't renew, there is no insurance at all. If he does, the car is covered.
 
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Old 04-05-17, 04:29 PM
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Not a pro on insurance but if her name is not on the insurance policy and she is involved in an accident that includes negligence on her part then the injured party may sue her personally and in that case the policy on the vehicle may hesitate to protect her. Certainly less likely if the vehicle is reported stolen.

Spare key from mfg as Vermont said and contact the sheriff's dept as Donoli said.

Bud
 
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Old 04-05-17, 04:56 PM
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Bud, don't confuse liability (others' property damage) no fault (personal injury) & collision (the owner's property damage). Liability is always in effect.
 
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Old 04-06-17, 02:12 AM
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Not confused, just, as noted, not a pro on insurance. Thanks for the correction.

JS, one added thought might be to go through your local Sheriff's department and perhaps they will handle contacting the authorities where she lives. The authority in her area might respond better when the request comes from your police/Sheriff. Once you establish a legal right to take the vehicle you could call a repo company and have them move it to their facility, repo people know how to take things when they have the proper paperwork.

Bud
 
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Old 04-06-17, 03:46 AM
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Was this vehicle purchased AFTER the Divorce Decree, or is its ownership referenced in the Divorce Decree ?

It may not be as simple as going to Alabama and driving away with the vehicle if the Divorce Decree says anything about where Ownership lies; despite how the Title was written.
 
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