selling a used car!

United States
December 15, 2008 6:44pm CST
I sold my old car to a man in the newspaper for 125.00 and he took title gave me the money. He said he would be back in a day or two to pick up car. Now over a week later i called him back and asked when are you gone to come pick up the car? HE repled oh ya tomarro i will, well he came over today now wanting his money back and said because motor was froze, that with the car setting outside i should of made shur there was anifreeze in the raditor. now my question is after he took title and bought it am i respobale for it sitting here nad going bad? should i give this man his money back?
6 responses
@savak03 (6674)
• United States
16 Dec 08
That all depends. Was the car actually in running condition when you sold it to him? Did he test drive it before he bought it? How long has the weather been cold enough to freeze where you are? On the face of it I would probably say that he bought it so now he owns it. It wasn't like you prevented him from picking it up. Was this a good price for a vehicle or was it really cheap? If it was cheap then he should have known not to expect much. Where I am we sell cars for that much to the scrap metal companies. Then they don't have to run at all. However, another thing to consider is your reputation in your community and how it will be affected by this transaction.
• United States
16 Dec 08
no he did not try the car before he bought it, the car was for motor and trany only since body is rusted out. i did tell him all of this he new the motor was fine since i was driving it untill he bought it. i'm not really worried about my repution in are commuity for i belive i am in the right nad he is in the wrong
@savak03 (6674)
• United States
16 Dec 08
In that case I would say that he got what he paid for and he needs to get it out of your yard. You are under no obligation to store it for him but be sure you notify him of the deadline to pick it up in writing and keep a copy of it for yourself. Then if he don't pick it up you will have the right to dispose of it any way you want to.
@rusty2rusty (6636)
• Defiance, Ohio
19 Dec 08
Well, as long as you did not lie to the guy or try to hide anything from him about the vehicle. Than he is out of luck. Sorry, but it sounds like the deal was an "as is" deal. Not change your mind later. I bet his old woman got mad when she found old he bought a clunker right around the holidays and made him come back. But deserves him right. He should of took the car after paying. If not, start charging him a storage fee for keeping the car there. Or you can rightfully have it towed at hsi expense if the title is in his name.
• United States
24 Dec 08
thanks rusty!
• United States
16 Dec 08
NO WAY!!!!! He gave you money, you accepted, you signed the title over to him, at the moment he signed the title the car became his. He should have came and got the car sooner. It became his responsibility when he signed the title. Do Not give this person the money back. Thats not fair to you.
• United States
17 Dec 08
thank- you very much i belive everyone is agreed whith me on this issue!
@cfmedrano (240)
• Philippines
16 Dec 08
Definitely not. In the first place, it's his responsibility already since it is his property since the day he bought it from you. He should be thankful you were kind enough to have your space occupied with a car that is not yours anymore.
• United States
16 Dec 08
Thank you guys for all of your great responses!
• United States
16 Dec 08
What kind of car do you get for $125? He's got to have known there were issues. I'd say he bought it, took the title and is fortunate that you aren't charging a storage fee. Check with an attorney in your area. Your bar association may be able to set you up with a consultation for free. I think you are in the clear.
• United States
16 Dec 08
i dont think you should after he paid for it it became his you were just being kind enough to allow him to leave it there for the weeks or two. once the trade was made the car became his complete responsibility enjoy your 125.00 pay him nothing. but next time make sure your get something written down on paper before your do a deal and have it signed no matter how big or small the deal may seem a deal is a deal and it should be done in all fearness to protect the fights of both parties