San Jose, CA asked in Lemon Law, Consumer Law and Contracts for California

Q: Bought a car with a bill of sale & it was impounded the following day so owner had to get it & doesnt want to take the

money he paid at the impound for me to get the car back or give me the difference of what i paid for it. Can i still go to the DMV register it with the bill of sale and then reported stolen?

1 Lawyer Answer
Manuel Alzamora Juarez
Manuel Alzamora Juarez
  • Berkeley, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: No. You will get yourself into trouble.

What is happening here is that the previous owner is still the title owner. You are the title holder. However, until you register the car in your name and buy insurance for the car, the previous owner is responsible for any damages you may cause to another or to the property of others. Call an insurance person and get a policy and resister your car with the DMV and then with that documentation, you can call the previous owner, thank him for getting the car out of the impound and pay him the cost of storage. If he does not return your car, then you can call the police and ask then to request the car from the previous owner. Best of luck.

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