Sold truck...buyer never picked it up...did pay in full...never retitled it.

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    I sold an old '69 chevy truck for cash paid in full, signed title over and gave to buyer. It is 8 months later cannot locate buyer, he never transfered title and never picked up the truck. I want it out of my yard. What are my options, legally? I have been told by several to get duplicate title and resell it? Is that legal? I live in Evansville, IN...Thank you, Tim Ditzer


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    One possible option is to call the police and tell them you have an abandoned vehicle on your property. It is possible they will remove it for you but that will also depend on whether the car has any plates or not. If it still has your plates, they may not be willing to do this. It is possible that you may be able to resell the car again but I have to look into that and will get back here in a few days. If you are interested in looking it up yourself, I would start with the uniform commercial code which governs the sale of goods in most states.
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    You should be careful with a vehicle that never had the title transferred. Technically it is still your property, and if you contact the local authority to have it removed, they may bill you once they run the title/registration and find out it is yours.

    I would do my best to contact the buyer, and make notes of all the steps you take. If you have an address send certified mail. If there is no way to contact the buyer, then discuss the situation with a local attorney to best protect yourself.

    Good Luck.

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    Having tried all avenues of contacting buyer that I know of including not finding a current address anywhere, I do think an attorney would be best but being between jobs currently, hoping to find another solution. Thanks for the input, Tim

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    Have you tried tracking down a possible relative of the buyer, or checker to see if the buyer has passed away. Also if you cannot afford an attorney, contact your local BAR association and see if they can refer you to a free legal clinic in your area.
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    Thanks again for your input. I used people finder online and was told buyer lives in Evansville, IN...Duh. From that point saw additional names associated with buyer and looked them up in local ph book. Called all, left messages, no response...one week, later called again and was told by a women he received the message from her that I called and was wanting him to call, or take trk. Months went by, police officer suggested court finder computer system at civic center that tracks court records. I pursued that avenue and found 21 small claims cases against buyer and got several addresses from that record. Physically/personally went to all addresses and he no longer lived at any of them...several new tenants stated several others had stopped by looking for buyer because he owed them money. At this point...dead end. Very strange luck I have : ) or not : (