Follow up on my Vent
My post which seems to have caused a little bit of controversy, was simply a vent. Writing is a good way to vent. I thank everyone for their supportive comments.
My favorite comment was from Will Truman which began:
… There are easier ways to handle this sort of situation, and there are difficult ways to handle the situation. I’ve lived in several states and I’ve seen both at work. It doesn’t have to be the way it was described here, no matter how tempted some are to say “Just follow the rules!!!!!”
His whole comment is worth reading. It’s that “just follow the rules” mindset of the bureaucrat in power which I disdain. The rules aren’t always so simple.
A few of the commenters seemed to revel in playing the role of the DMV agent, noting that I just didn’t follow the rules. Here are the rules are, look for yourself.
TITLE: Complete Section A on the reverse side of the title, recording the purchaser’s name and address and odometer mileage. The seller must sign and print his/her name in the presence of an authorized agent. An authorized dealership may perform verification in lieu of notarization in Section A and Section D on the certificate of title.
ODOMETER STATEMENT: Fill in the appropriate spaces in Section A.
REGISTRATION PLATE: Remove the registration plate for transfer to another vehicle or return the plate to PennDOT.
Around 20 years ago when this happened to my Dad it was some shady stranger who came to our house to buy our car. In my original post I noted I was surprised that an agent of Geico would do this to me.
But I did fail to note in my original piece one bit of key information. The party I sold my car to — it’s a family business — they are also an authorized agent of PennDot to do tag and title work.
So I actually did comply with the seller’s checklist with the exception of returning to plate to PennDot. Often what happens is once PennDot is notified that title has been transferred they will send notice requesting the plate be sent back to them (I never got that notice).
And yes I realize, in the grand scheme of things, this isn’t a big deal.
Question: Given the party who screwed me is an authorized agent of PennDot, what should I do about it? I’d imagine this is the kind of thing that could put their license to issue tags and titles in jeopardy. I don’t consider myself to be at all a vindictive person. So I’m probably just going to let it go (provided everything works out for me here, which, I’m assuming it will).