What is the name of your state (only U.S. law)? California
Please read I know this is extreamly long But I am so lost and do not know what to do
In August 2012, My ex boyfriend whom I had remained friends with asked me to loan him 1800.00 to purchase a truck, I agreed but only under condition that I was to hold the title until he paid me back in full. Knowing the law in Ca states you have to register vehicle within 10 days of buying it and that he would not be able to pay me back in that short amount of time, We agreed that I would go register the vehicle and get the insurance
.The tags that were currently on the truck were valid until April 2013. Due to a family emergency I did not go down until September of 2012 to register the vehicle, At that time I could not find the title, I assumed I had packed it with other paperwork when moving. I was given a cream colored form and told I had to go to the seller and have them sign the paper.
I went that day to the place where the man worked that sold us the truck, I explained I had lost the title and asked him to please sign the form, He signed it where it says seller and asked that I fill out the rest because he had to get back into work, I filled out the paper took it back to registration I paid all the fees and was given the new registration with my name, I was told I still had to get the smog and return with the certificate,
3 days after I had to leave to go back out of town. My ex was going with me and the truck was parked, After we returned I mentioned to him I needed to get the truck smogged, at first he kept giving me reasons as to why it would not pass. Time went by and he was not even making a effort to pay me anything but still driving truck, Then I found out his license was suspended. A family member informed of this. Because this will be his 6th suspension and he has made no payments nor a effort to make a payment i became worried if something was to happen I would be liable it being registered to me, I told him he had 2 weeks to pay me 500.00 just to get it out of my name or I was taking the truck and selling it. He ignored all attempts for over a month. He went as far as having someone follow him to the casino and parking the truck to hide it from me, I found it I had a tow truck tow the vehicle, I showed all the paper work the casino security opened the locked gate and I took the truck,
The next morning he was able to report the truck stolen. I made no attempt to hide the vehicle it was parked right in front of my home. I only put a club on the steering wheel and unhooked the battery. I did not think he could report it stolen its registered to me,
After coming home 2 days after I had taken the truck I noticed it gone, I called my local police dept and they said they released it to hi. I was shocked, I said you released a vehicle to a person whom is not registered owner and has no insurance as well as a suspended license with a warrant for failure to appear,
They told me Bell Gardens police dept allowed him to make the stolen report all they did was make sure the name matched the name of who made the report, I called Bell Gardens explained the situation to them and I was told if I touch the truck I will probably go to jail because the original owner sent a release of liability saying it was sold my boy friend's name, I said to the officer I can send in a release of liability and put the buyer as Chuck Norris and that does not mean anything, I have a registration that states R/O and my name , I have a receipt that states all fees were paid and by me, my name , I said if he goes out and hits a building or god forbid someone I am the R/O you will hold me liable I need the vehicle reported stolen instantly, He said no I can not its a civil matter, I said to a extent that part I agree so then why did you allow him to make a report? He said he had the title,,, (the one I thought I had misplaced) I instantly hung up and called D.M.V head quarters in Sacramento.
I explained the situation , They said mam he has never even applied to have the vehicle put into his name, I called the officer back i also faxed over my registration my receipt a copy of my application for duplicate title all dated back in September, I was still told no I could not report it and it did not matter if his license is suspended. I then said the law in Ca says you have 10 days from the date of purchase to register it so if its his why didn't he do that, The officer said I have never heard of that law I think your mistaken and hung up on me.. Please someone tell me what do I do