What is the name of your state (only U.S. law)? GA
My daughter & fiancee bought a car (paid approx. $14,000 cash) in GA from a fly by night car lot in June. After going through 2 temp paper tags, daughter got pulled over this week for expired (temp) tag. She had the appropriate insurance and after running VIN and insurance check, the officer issued a warning only for tag infraction. Daughter then attempted unsuccessfully to contact the car lot but got no answer and their vm was full, etc. Further investigation ultimately revealed that the car had just recently been reported stolen from an auction in PA. Meanwhile the GA car dealers (thieves) packed up and left GA.
Prior to purchasing the car, daughter checked CARFAX etc. and found nothing of interest. We guess that the thieves probably purchased the car from the auction with a bad check then set up shop in GA, and the auction business owner and/or bureaucratic red tape delayed the VIN showing up as stolen in the national database until later this week.
Please give any plausible solutions as to how to proceed with this mess. Thanks!