Have Legal Questions? Ask a Lawyer Now.
I sold a 1999 Ford Taurus car to a private party in August 2012 in Michigan. This private party ran a dealership, however car was sold to him personally as car was of low value. I accepted $400.00 cash for car and signed over title to this individual. I foolishly did not ask for a bill of sale as I was in a rush to leave the country as I had a job overseas. I did take my registration plate, which I still have.
In March 2013, my contact in the U.S. received notification that I have received multiple parking citations at “Central City Parking” in Kalamazoo, MI. I ran my reg. plate on their website and the citation was for a KIA car and NOT a Ford. I am overseas at the moment and back in the U.S. next week. My question now is: from a legal standing point, what are the next steps from here? Thank you.
Thank you for choosing Just Answer.
There are a couple of things you can try when you return. You can call up the clerk that handles these tickets and explain the situation. You will probably be told as the registered owner of the vehicle you are responsible for the citations. You should ask whether there is any type of documentation you could provide to get the correct owner responsible for the tickets e.g. an affidavit attesting to ownership during the period the tickets were written.
Second, you could pay the tickets and sue the dealer in small claims to get your money back. You would need to somehow prove a sale had occurred. If you were paid by check this might be sufficient to establish you sold the vehicle (the bank could provide you with a copy of the check you deposited).
Third Michigan has specific rules dealing with registering and titling a vehicle. I know you stated this was a personal purchase by a dealer bur the law may still apply. You should ask the dealer to reimburse you the cost of the tickets.
If you found this answer useful please press ACCET along with the appropriate level of service. If you have further questions please ask before issuing a negative rating.
DISCLAIMER: Answers from Experts on JustAnswer are not substitutes for the advice of an attorney. JustAnswer is a public forum and questions and responses are not private or confidential or protected by the attorney-client privilege. The Expert above is not your attorney, and the response above is not legal advice. You should not read this response to propose specific action or address specific circumstances, but only to give you a sense of general principles of law that might affect the situation you describe. Application of these general principles to particular circumstances must be done by a lawyer who has spoken with you in confidence, learned all relevant information, and explored various options. Before acting on these general principles, you should hire a lawyer licensed to practice law in the jurisdiction to which your question pertains.
The responses above are from individual Experts, not JustAnswer. The site and services are provided “as is”. To view the verified credential of an Expert, click on the “Verified” symbol in the Expert’s profile. This site is not for emergency questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals. Please carefully read the Terms of Service (last updated February 8, 2012).