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Does the car still belong to your ex-partner?
While in California, palimony can be awarded if the former partner can show that there was a written or implied contract for support after a breakup, however, it is extremely difficult to prove such agreement, without having an actual written agreement for support, so generally, without a written agreement for support / palimony, such palimony is very rarely awarded by the courts.
Also, an offer or an intent to gift a vehicle, unless the gift is actually made, would not be considered and implied agreement and would generally not be legally enforceable.
I am sorry to give you bad news and wish you the best of luck!