Take his car, please.
February 4, 2009 9:49 AM Subscribe
How can my father transfer the ownership of a car to my sister, who is not reachable, or otherwise get rid of it?
posted by thread_makimaki to Law & Government (12 answers total)
Many years ago, my father bought a brand new car for my little sister. It was supposed to be a loan, but to make a long story short she never paid him back. It has been in his name all the time, and he's been paying the insurance on it, not to mention her parking tickets. She's been living with him all that time (she's now in her 30s).
Recently, she announced her intention to move out of state with her boyfriend. Her father told her to either leave the car, or to make sure that the deed was transferred to her before her moving date. She agreed to do the latter but failed to do so. She moved out, taking the car, his computer, and a lot of other things. She also left no forwarding address. He can reach her on her cell phone, but she hangs up on him or doesn't answer.
Family relationship issues aside, all he wants to do right now is to get rid of the car so he is no longer responsible for the insurance, not to mention parking tickets. (He had to pay about $2000 worth of her parking tickets shortly before she left - being that he is retired, he really can't afford this kind of thing.) How can he do this? The most drastic measure we can think of is for him to report it stolen, which technically it was I guess, but he doesn't want to get her arrested or anything either. He doesn't want the car back - if it did come back, or if she'd left it, he was going to donate it to charity.
He is in New York State and she moved (as far as we know) to Florida, if that makes a difference.