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Old 10-12-2013, 09:56 AM
 
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There are reasons why buying from a private party has risks.

This is one of them.
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Old 10-12-2013, 01:27 PM
 
Location: Texas
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Hello,

Just a question about what options I have to get a vehicle title from the person I got the car from.

On February 5th, I bought a 1999 Honda Accord for $3700.00. On the spot, I paid 1800 cash, and $1900.00 in a check. The owner at the time wouldn't give me the title of Vehicle because he wanted the check to be cashed. I agreed to that, and he cashed the check the next morning.

Between February and March, I called him 14 times according to my phone bill. But I either got no answer, or an excuse about how he couldn't provide the Title. I continued to drive the car.

on April 20th, I had a not-at-fault accident, and my insurance company wont make repairs till the title is in my name. I called the guy listed on the title on Saturday, informed him of the situation, and for the first time - he actually told me "NO - I just can't hand over the title now"!!!!!!!

My question is with a hand written receipt, and a copy of the check that he cashed, do I have any chance of ever getting that title, at least legally? Or, am I just screwed the heck over?

If there is something that I'm not seeing from his point of view, could some one help me understand why he wont give the title. I only see it as I gave him the cash out right - with no problems. But he wont hand the title over.

Ben
Time to litigate. Consult an attorney.
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Old 10-12-2013, 03:09 PM
 
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for a $3700 car, you can't justify the cost of an attorney.

however, you can take this to small claims court to get a court order for the seller to sign over the title to you. be prepared with all your paperwork because you can count on some excuses rationalizing why the seller won't follow through on the deal.
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Old 10-12-2013, 03:24 PM
 
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There are reasons why buying from a private party has risks.

This is one of them.
Many dealers are worse. Far worse.
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Old 10-12-2013, 03:49 PM
 
Location: USA
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The OP posted this in April 2012....
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Old 10-13-2013, 12:45 PM
 
Location: San Antonio , TX
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The OP posted this in April 2012....
That's OK , just a lesson for future buyers , it's worth pointing out every once in awhile

cash deal = cash for title right then and there
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Old 10-13-2013, 05:29 PM
 
Location: Eastern NC
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I wonder what the outcome was?
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Old 01-04-2015, 04:46 PM
 
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Bought a car from an individual In Florida. Have a written receipt for payment in full. That man will not surrender the car. What do I do? I have a key. Can I just drive it away?
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Old 01-04-2015, 04:57 PM
 
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Bought a car from an individual In Florida. Have a written receipt for payment in full. That man will not surrender the car. What do I do? I have a key. Can I just drive it away?
If you've got a Bill of Sale, a receipt for the "payment in full" in good funds, and a valid signed over title to you ... then you're the owner. If you can drive it away without a breach of the peace, you can legally do so.

But be sure that you've got all your ducks in a row. For example, if you gave the seller a check which has yet to clear your bank, one might understand their reluctance to allow the car to be taken away ... even if you know your check is good, the seller may not know that yet.
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Old 01-04-2015, 05:38 PM
 
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Default sad in orlando

The man took myr cash gave us a receipt that said paid in full but would not turn over the c
ar or the title
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