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If you can't come to a private agreement, then your recourse here is to file a "partition" lawsuit in small claims court and have the judge order that the car be sold at auction to the highest bidder. At that point, you can bid on it along with any other member of the public to purchase it and essentially force a buy out of your ex's interest. Obviously he could bid as well and it would depend on who wanted to bid the highest as to who wanted it more..
You could also sue him under a breach of oral contract claim in small claims court for the $1K that he owes for the repairs if you had an agreement to split all the costs of the vehicle repairs.. That might "encourage" him to work something out with you for a sale rather than be dragged into court, lose and have to pay you $1,000..