My title was sold before I purchased my truck. What do I do?

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My title was sold before I purchased my truck. What do I do?

I purchased a truck for 3100 on 2/23/18 from a car
lot. I had been looking for my title in the mail. I
decided to look it up online instead. It said that my
title had been issued on 1/19/18.

Asked on June 11, 2018 under Accident Law, Alabama

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 3 years ago | Contributor

If they can't provide good title to you (e.g. clear up a paperwork or administrative mistake, if this was just an innocent mistake), they have committed fraud (lied about what they could or would do) and/or breach of contract (violated the agreement between them and you under which you agreed to pay to own [get title to] a truck). You would have grounds to return the truck and get your money back. You may wish to file a lawsuit against them based on fraud and breach of contract (you can list and proceed on both grounds to sue); at that point, they may agree to either voluntarily return your money and take the truck back, or else give you a different truck, one where they can provide title, in exchange. If they don't agree to voluntarily work matters out with you, based on what you write, you should have a good chance of prevailing in court.


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