I bought a 2012 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sahara from a Jeep dealer in California while I was on vacation October 5, 2011. I paid almost $42,000 cash. I live in Washington State but they told me that they couldn't give me a moving permit for as many days as it would take me to get home and to my DMV. I paid for title and registration in California. It is now 6 months later. I called 2 times looking for the title and plates and they kept telling me that the DMV in California has 6 months to send plates. Now I find out that they never filed with the California DMV. They say that they thought that I was going to register in Washington but they charged me for California registration and I never received paperwork to file in Washington. I am unable to drive my car and am waiting for them to call me back. What is my legal recourse?
Country relating to Question: United States
State (if USA): Washington
Calling the dealership and trying to work with them but they keep saying that they need to talk with someone else.
Hello and welcome,Since they charged for title and registration and did not provide clear title to you, that would typically provide a basis to terminate the agreement and return the vehicle, or file suit against the dealer for damages sustain as a result of their breach, such as the cost of leasing a vehicle since you cannot drive the one you purchased from them.You may wish to file a complaint through the BBB since the dealer may resolve the matter through that process if they wish to protect their reputation. If you do not pursue that process, then it is typically best to retain a CA consumer protection law attorney to represent you in this matter. The state bar association can provide attorney referrals at calbar.org.
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