Am I being ripped off by my car dealership or are they just idiots?
May 22, 2012 10:40 AM Subscribe
Dealer says they sold me a stolen car and I have to return it tonight. WTF?
posted by katyjack to shopping (73 answers total) 127 users marked this as a favorite
IKYANML but I need some advice. Yesterday I got a phone call from a police officer saying the dealership from which I bought my car had reported my car as stolen, telling him that someone took the car for a test drive and never brought it back. I was so freaked out by this that it never occurred to me to ask how the police office found me or my phone number but both the bank I have my loan with and my insurance company have the car's VIN so I would assume there is some sort of database? At any rate, I assured him that I did, in fact, have the car and told him I would fax him the bill of sale today. The detective told me that they reported cars stolen all the time and that he would tell them to just go away!
Before I had a chance to do that, I got a phone call from the dealership telling me that they had just found out that when the previous owner bought the car I have now, the dealership from which he bought it accidentally sent the title to him instead of to the lienholder. When the previous owner received the title, instead of returning it to the dealership, he took the title and car to my dealership and traded the car in for a better car, presenting the car as being completely paid off. Then, the dealership sold the car to me. Therefore, the car is stolen and I need to return it.
The man at the dealership said that since this is in no way my fault, he will give me a nicer car at the same price but I must bring it back tonight and I will need to redo my loan to show the new car. I actually kinda don't want a nicer car because it will make my insurance go up and the whole thing seems fishy particularly in light of my phone call yesterday.
I bought the car two weeks ago yesterday. What are my rights? What should my next steps be? I have a phone call in to the detective I spoke with but he doesn't come in until 2.