Re: Getting my SMB....couple questions?
I purchased our van in Portland, OR (stock cargo van at the time) and imported it into Canada. I had the same nervousness you have, as the PO still had an outstanding loan on the van. I spoke with FoMoCo (who issued the loan), and they told me regardless of who paid off the loan, the clear title would be sent to the PO.
After wringing my hands about this for too long (about two months altogether), I finally had the bright idea to simply ask the PO to pay off the loan first and clear the title. This was in early 2009, after the start of the financial meltdown, so I wasn't hopeful. But I actually made two offers, one for what I considered a reasonable offer, and a second for $1500 less if I had to deal with the loan BS. He took the bait, and within about three days, he had a short-term loan in place from his CU, a clear title in his hand, and I was on a plane to Portland.
Good luck. I hope it works out for you.
2008 E350 EB, V10, GTRV Conversion