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John C Collins

Junior Member
What is the name of your state? Rhode Island

On April 2, 2006 I sold a boat to another person for $1,000. He paid by check which I immediatley cashed. The day of the sale he didn't want to wait while I drew up a bill of sale, saying he would pick it up in "a couple of days". He came back twice while I wasn't home but couldn't tow the boat away due to a flat tire that he had agreed to fix. The last time was April 23rd. Since then I have not seen nor heard from him. The phone number he gave me is now reported as"invalid" even though I had talked to him twice before at this number.

On May 28 I sent him a letter asking him to contact me ASAP to resolve this issue. I need the space this boat is occupying in order to store my new boat. If I don't move it soon, I will incur storage fees for the new boat where it currently is sitting.

So here I sit with cash in hand and a boat I don't want. What are my options? Can I sell it again?, donate it to charity? I don't have a way of towing it myself.

I find this very unusal that someone would pay $1000 for something then fail to coollect it.
I even went so far as to check the obituaries for the past month but he wasn't there either.

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