Friday, July 1, 2011
This was the part I dreaded. The registry of motor vehicles scares me. I went to our insurance agent first, who told me that I wouldn't be able to register the trailer (ever) because I couldn't produce a previous registration. "But the previous owner bought it from a guy in NH and it wasn't registered". I admit, that sounded a bit sketchy. "Well", she said, you could probably get a signed affidavit from the original owner". Signed what? From who? The original owner may well be dead for all I know.
However, I had a secret weapon. The previous owner had prepared me well. He told me to go to the registry with a form that is signed by a police officer and verifies the VIN (found on the tongue of the trailer). If the trailer is under $3000 pounds, I shouldn't need a title to register it. I was ready.
I went to the registry, forms in hand and you know what? The RMV worker didn't even care. She registered my trailer with not even a raised eyebrow. The only thing that caused her to pause was the color. There is a checkbox for the color and pink wasn't listed so I left it blank.
"What color is the trailer?" she asked.
"We don't have pink, we have red. What color is your trailer?"
"Good - here are your plates"
Ever feel like you're in a Monty Python episode?