Sounds like some investigative work is needed to apprehend the original thief
and chain of custody of the vehicle. Maybe there are legal investigative means
or other ways to resolve liabilities and settlement for all the injured
parties.Or maybe the simple resolution is to let it go and move on.
It is possible that the Missouri owner may be sympathetic to an appeal from the
Utah 'care-taker' of the vehicle, and reimburse him for maintenance and
upgrades, but in this cynical world, its best to not hold out hope.
The seller, the man from Syracuse, will have to start his own investigations
now. Hopefully he can get e-bay to help him track the seller and find out how
long the car was in the e-bay seller's possession and so on. Good luck.
Re: RiflemanWhere in the world did you get the notion that I think
he is not entitled to his car back? Bizarre! I said that I felt bad that the
present owner is going to lose his car that he just sunk $26K into. Nowhere did
I say that the original owner should be punished, nor did I think it. It is his
car! I was suggesting that if he is in the position, I think he should pay the
former owner some of the money. He kept it up, did modifications to maintain the
value. It does not appear to be wrecked in any way or in bad shape. If it were
me and I could do so, I would try to pay the guy some money for the upkeep and
hassle of losing a car that he put $26K into it already.I also
believe that the DMV or other agency should be the one that has exposure for not
doing their job(s). A reckless mistake cost a person $26K.If I were
you, I would read a comment more carefully and not read between the lines. It
can make a person seem foolish.
Re: Let's be real | 11:01 a.m. Oct. 19, 2011 The legal owner of a
car has no obligation to pay for unauthorized modifications made to a car that
was stolen from him. Punishing the original victim to make another victim whole
isn't the answer.Your comments make it sound like you think the
legitimate owner isn't entitled to get his car back.
Wow, I kind of feel bad for the guy that spent $26,000 dollars on the car to be
able to let the original owner take it. I wonder if the original purchaser got
paid for it after it was stolen by an insurance company. If so, he owes the
insurance company money. He should be willing to cough up some money to the guy
that put another $10K in it to spiff it up. What is going to happen to the
person with the DMV or Tax Commission that made a terrible mistake? Perhaps send
him on a cuise or something? They have a stake in this also. They make a mistake
and now someone else is paying for it. Oh well, that is what government immunity
is for, right?