Warren, MI asked in Small Claims for Michigan

Q: On February 24, 2023 I sold my used 2010 chevy equinox that I had posted online in my post I explain everything about

vehicle when I first purchase and all the work i had did to the car, also said there was know known major issue that I knew of because i had taken care of that when I bought the car use in 2019 so the young lady came down test drove the car at that time it was riding like always and no lights on no where, so she said she wanted to buy so she did I gave her all the paper work to the car with all work that had ever been done to it, so she drove off with my plates on the car we didn't realize it until she left me and my son contact her ask her to bring them back she made up all kind of different lies then when reach back out she said she was half way back home to Ypsilanti Michigan where she resides then I ask her why she lied and did not bring them back she said her dad was removing them and her mother was mailing them which I then had to report them stolen because she never sent them back, now she is saying they are taking me to smalll claim court because the engine went out.

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Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
  • Grand Rapids, MI
  • Licensed in Michigan

A: What a mess! Hopefully you at least got paid. The initial transaction could have been handled better (don't ever let someone drive off with your plate; when you buy a car at a dealer, they don't let you drive off with their plate.)

Not sure if she has any claim to successfully sue you on, but it may not stop her from trying unfortunately. Generally, it's "buyer beware", and you shouldn't be responsible for the failed engine.

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