I have an old Chrysler 9.9hp. that is my favorite small motor. On a recent fishing trip the cowl (top cover) flew off somewhere on the highway. After the trip I got on the internet and had very little luck finding one. The one I did find was cracked and the guy wanted $50 plus shipping which was to be $30. $80 TOTAL FOR A CRACKED ONE, didn't buy it. A week ago I went into a real boat store to get some grease for the lower unit. As I was paying for it, the owner asked if this was all I wanted. Jokingly I replied I needed a cowl for the 9.9. To my amazement he replied "I've got one but I want to sell the whole motor". "The motor is missing a carb. and the starter rewind and I'll take $100 CASH for it and throw in the grease for free but there is no title". Done deal!! I get the cowl and have the rest of it for future parts if I ever need any. I took the motor down to my farm and put it next to my motor. The new one was in far better shape than my old one. I decided to put my parts on the new one and use my old one for spare. Before I did it I went to the county courthouse to see what needed to be done for this to happen. They ran a trace on the motor and gave me the name of the titled owner. I called him and explained what I wanted to do and asked if he still had the title. It turned out that he had taken the motor in for a "tune-up" at the same place I bought it from. He was not a happy person. He claims the dealer had called him and said the motor had major problems and would cost more to repair than it was worth. They both agreed to hold off for a while. (how long I do not know). The owner claims the motor ran good and the tune-up was preventive maint. Enter me. I have a bill of sale from a dealer that didn't have the right to sell it. The original owner is not mad at me and thanked me for contacting him. He was going to go to the dealership and the Sherrif to get it straight, and promised me that I was going to come out of it with either the title or my $100. I don't want to give the name of the dealership because I only have one side of the story, but as it unfolds I will keep this post updated. The old saying that if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Buyer beware.