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Your advice seems right on the money. Furthermore I replied to him that I was not closing the door on the future purchase of the car as I had rented storage space and have now the ability to have insurance binder for the car. I think he is hung up on the idea that you just buy a car without an inspection. I just did not want to be exposed to a non-return of my deposit should the car prove faulty and a V-12 JAGUAR can be all of that. The purchase price of the car ($12K) is something I could easily cover as I have over $ 80K in my account.
He stated that he is bringing this to the Harris County DA; should I also engage an attorney?
No, that would be a waste of money at this point. Having dealt with DAs for over 13 years, I can tell you that unless he is a personal fishing buddy of the DA, they aren't going to file any type of criminal charge. The elements of the crime under TX law are:
Texas Penal Code § 32.41. ISSUANCE OF BAD CHECK. (a) A person commits an offense if he issues or passes a check or similar sight order for the payment of money knowing that the issuer does not have sufficient funds in or on deposit with the bank or other drawee for the payment in full of the check or order as well as all other checks or orders outstanding at the time of issuance.
So the elements simply aren't here. He is just trying to bluff you into buying a car without an inspection, which is always an incredibly bad idea.
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