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Let me ask, was your name on the original title along with his? Or was it just your name?
I see what you mean.
Thank you very much for your patience on this. the short answer is that if he is not returning property that belongs to you than ease could be liable for what's called conversion. conversion is just basically a legal theory that says somebody has exhibited substantial dominion in control over your property. In this case, if the title is only in your name and he won't return the vehicle, then you may be able to sue him in court for Return of the property. You could also request that he provide you the reasonable rental value of the time that he kept the vehicle beyond the time that you requested it back. You may want to consider just writing a formal demand letter in lieu of litigation. There’s a site that I’ve used in the past where you can find a good template for a demand letter (click here). It only costs $10 and it is way cheaper than litigation.
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Then you may want to consider either a) calling the Sheriff's department to get your car back or b) bringing a law suit in small claims court to demand that you get the vehicle back.
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That won't be necessary for him to say he's not giving it back; the fact he's not giving it back is enough if you were to call the sheriff's department or if you sued him. Even if you don't get the car back, you should at least get possession of it back which gives you the right to get it out of your name. You may want to consider selling him the car as well.
Good question. You would have to file where the defendant is in this case, which would be NY/NJ.