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Old 07-25-2009, 06:53 PM
 
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Got a certified letter today from a local repair shop saying my car had been left there and not picked up. Repair shop is one I've never heard on on Ruiz st - and we live on the NE side of town and never travel over there.


One problem - I haven't owned that car in a good 2-3 years. Any ideas for what to do? I sold it as a cash sale on craigslist, and while I had a letter I have no idea where it is.

Don't really want the car back - just don't want to end up owing anything either.

Ideas?
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Old 07-25-2009, 07:32 PM
 
Location: San Antonio
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Got a certified letter today from a local repair shop saying my car had been left there and not picked up. Repair shop is one I've never heard on on Ruiz st - and we live on the NE side of town and never travel over there.


One problem - I haven't owned that car in a good 2-3 years. Any ideas for what to do? I sold it as a cash sale on craigslist, and while I had a letter I have no idea where it is.

Don't really want the car back - just don't want to end up owing anything either.

Ideas?
Does it have current tags and inspection? Maybe the insurance card is in the storage compartment.

Who sighed the repair order and what telephone number and address was given?

Did the garage pay a couple of hundred for it and is pulling scam?
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Old 07-25-2009, 07:57 PM
 
Location: NW near Sea World...and in a house
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Did you sign the title over and make sure it was xfrd out of your name?

If you left the vehicle registered in your name and titled in your name i am assuming you could still be responsible. If i were you i would contact the DMV and advise them of the letter you received
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Old 07-25-2009, 08:07 PM
 
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Did you sign the title over and make sure it was xfrd out of your name?

If you left the vehicle registered in your name and titled in your name i am assuming you could still be responsible. If i were you i would contact the DMV and advise them of the letter you received
We signed the title over to the new owners, yes. They took the title with them.

I thought that was all you had to do to transfer it out of our name?

I'll contact the DMV on Monday and see - I know 100% for sure it hasn't been registered in our name at least in the last 2 years
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Old 07-25-2009, 08:18 PM
 
Location: Western Bexar County
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We signed the title over to the new owners, yes. They took the title with them.

I thought that was all you had to do to transfer it out of our name?

I'll contact the DMV on Monday and see - I know 100% for sure it hasn't been registered in our name at least in the last 2 years
This is what you should have done, but go ahead and do it now.

https://vision21.txdot.gov/Vehicle/M...ification.aspx
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Old 07-25-2009, 08:19 PM
 
Location: Seaford, Delaware
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Have the VIN number to identify the car. One of the things you need to do when you sell a car direct is to notify the DMV of the sale. That ends your liability of the buyer does not change the title. They could take the car and runit with your plates and it's your responsibility.
I did not realize about notifying DMV until I read the back of a title on a car I sold. It's in the fine print.
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Old 07-25-2009, 08:20 PM
 
Location: NW near Sea World...and in a house
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We signed the title over to the new owners, yes. They took the title with them.

I thought that was all you had to do to transfer it out of our name?

I'll contact the DMV on Monday and see - I know 100% for sure it hasn't been registered in our name at least in the last 2 years
Usually you sign the title over and go to the dmv and confirm its been transferred out of your name and placed in the name of the new owners. My dad always went to the dmv with the new owner or would meet them there. i think in texas if the vehicle isnt transferred out of your name you can still be legally liable for damages that that vehicle may cause and i believe insurance too.

Good luck with the DMV>
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Old 07-25-2009, 08:52 PM
 
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This is what you should have done, but go ahead and do it now.

https://vision21.txdot.gov/Vehicle/M...ification.aspx
Good tip. I didn't know the seller could (and should) do this.

Usually, when someone sells a vehicle privately and the buyer fails to register it in his/her name, the buyer finds out about it when they receive notice about a bunch of unpaid parking tickets that have been racked up since they sold it.

In the OP's case, the buyer probably took the vehicle in for repairs, and never paid for it. Now the shop is holding it, and is now taking steps to either place a lien on the vehicle, or take possession of it so they can sell it and recoup their investment in parts/labor.

But if you've already been paid in full by the buyer, then what do you have to lose? What do you care if the shop gets possession of it or requires that the bill be paid before title can be transferred? Just be glad the vehicle wasn't used in a crime!

Last edited by ged_782; 07-25-2009 at 10:15 PM.. Reason: Correct typo.
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Old 07-25-2009, 10:02 PM
 
Location: San Antonio, TX
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Don't feel bad, neither did I until I got a parking ticket notice from two months after I traded the car in!

By the way, I did the paperwork and never heard anything from the DMV or the City of San Antonio after I sent them all the paperwork showing I had traded the car to a dealer. So, either I am clear or one of these days I am going to be arrested for an outstanding warrant!

Cheers! M2
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