Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Birmingham, Alabama
I need the help of the Bay Area KLR community, Please!
I'm having a terrible time with a dealership in Oakland. I purchased a brand new 2006 KLR from Bay area Motorsports on October 22 last year. I STILL have not recieved my registration or plates. Right before Thanksgiving I realized that something was wrong, and something was holding up my registration. I had to go to the DMV for my updated license, so I had them check the status. They said the dealership had not submited anything to them. I got home and called the dealership. After a few days, and another call, they finally told me that they sold a bike (not even a KLR) to a guy in Lafayette in April 2006 and they accidently wrote up the registration for his bike with MY VIN# and engine#! So now this guy in Lafayette has a bike with invalid registration and plates, and I have no registration or plates! I can't register the bike! I have called every week since the week before Thanksgiving and I am repeatedly told "we are tying to contact the guy, we will get back to you" but they never do call me back.
I went back to DMV today and had them fill out a VIN Verification form, so at least I can try to prove to an officer that it really is my bike, even though it is not registered. When DMV runs the VIN, it returns the other guys bike. DMV is calling Sacramento, but they said unless the guy in Lafayette comes in there is nothing they can do. They might end up cancelling his registration and isuing plates to me, but they said that would take an act of god, and would not be likely.
What can I do? Bay Area Motorsports has not done anything. I have called, and called. Lafayette is fairly close to Oakland... seems like they could do more to try and contact the other bike owner. We are both riding illegal bikes! Help!