Sold car in Jan Got Towed in March Now I have a Problem
I did not know about the new law that went into effect Jan 1, 2016 http://wisconsindot.gov/Pages/online-srvcs/other-servs/seller-notify.aspx
I called the kid who bought the car. He went to get the car from the towing company but did not have enough money.
How nice for the towing company. If the kid can't come up with the money to get the car out of hock the towing company can do whatever they want with the car. Pretty much they own the vehicle if nobody claims it.
Include in the bill of sale "This Sale will be complete upon transfer of title from Seller to Buyer. Seller will hold vehicle and keys until Buyer provides proof of title transfer. Buyer must sign title in front of Seller. If buyer is unable to transfer title seller will refund money minus title replacement fee" Then all the standard stuff: sale amount, VIN, date and seller/buyers full names.
From my experience most people who really want the car will do this. Some people may huff & puff but screw them it's your ass on the line if they rack-up parking tickets or get into a accident. So DO NOT turn over the keys and car until the title transfer is complete! It's a private sale if they don't like it TUFF! This beats having to go to court and take off work to prove you sold the vehicle at such and such date. I have personally done this and still do this with all my private sales.
My experience: I was a "Title Clerk" at a major dealership here in town.” This is a copy and paste, not my own experience.
This is a new one. How is anyone supposed to know about this new requirement? Sounds like it's also needed for motorcycle, snowmobile, AVT/UTV, etc. Gone are the days when you simply sign & date the title, write in a sales amount.
Here's the active link: http://wisconsindot.gov/Pages/online-srvcs/other-servs/seller-notify.aspx
ALWAYS cover your butt!
You don't mention if you removed your plates. Big no-no if you didn't.
I hope you have something he signed that says he bought it.
If not, think about it from the other party's point of view. It looks like you let your buddy use your car.
Sorry about the long story but what I did was take the tickets to our local police station and our Chief made a call to Madison P.D that lasted about 30 seconds and he hung up and told me to forget about it all taken care of.
I called the dealer and told them about the Snake salesman they had and was told he was let go. I ran into the salesman about a year later in a bar and he claimed to not remember doing it. His memory improved significantly when I grabbed him by the neck and slammed his head into the wall, I still feel a little bad about it he was just a little guy and I am quite large.
Soooooooooo you may want to ask for help with the local PD...good luck