Fun with the filing of liens on Motor Vehicles in Texas.

Fun with the filing of liens on Motor Vehicles in Texas.

by The CAB Man Texas on November 17, 2016

Dealing with Texas DMV office who refuse to allow Credit Access Businesses to add a lien to a vehicle (for a Title Loan)  when the registered owner of the vehicle has outstanding warrants, tickets, toll fees and or recent child support payments on file as delinquent can be a problem.  We have seen this in a few counties recently – it appears to be referred to as a “Scoff Law”.

The only fix we have seen that works is to simply process the lien in a different county. There are 254 counties in Texas, and each tend to do their own thing!

Another instance that has come up with some title loan borrowers is when one consumer who has a title loan with a CAB sells their motor vehicle to another consumer without the buyer getting the title.  The buyer in these cases can either be tricked into doing this or may just be careless / unaware.

For the CAB in this case, because they actually have the title and the lien, they “own” the vehicle and would be forced to repossess if the seller stops paying on the loan (this would be what triggers awareness of any issue other than if the buyer comes back later and asks for the title).

If you find yourself in this predicament as a buyer or a CAB, follow the law and rely on other professionals to consult you on the best course of action.  For CABs (as always) follow the proper disposition methods in compliance with Texas Business and Commerce Code Chapter 9.

This blog post was written by Michael Brown, President of CAB Consulting and the Texas Organization of Financial Service Centers.  He can be reached at 214-293-8676, or

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