Bought car from dealer, 6 years later still no title.
I purchased a 93 Mercedes Benz convertible for $23,000. Almost 7 years ago and still have not received a title to this vehicle that was brought into this country from Germany. The dealer was married to my cousin and has since been divorced. I thought by buying from him that I would not have to worry in case of future needed repairs. I have been told that there has been a hold up in receiving the title because it was being processed in Germany, etc. In the meantime, I was given a dealer tag to use and would not have to pay sales tax until the transfer was made. I insured the car through my insurance company for over three years and was then informed that I could not insure a vehicle that was not registered to me. The three times that I needed service on the car, he had kept it for 3 months one time, to fix the brakes, then 5 months for replacing a fuel pump, and now he has had the car for over 2 and a half years to repair the top and paint the vehicle, (which is already paid for). In the last two years, since I no longer want the car, I was told there is no sense transferring it to me, if I want to sell it, or I will have to pay sales tax. I do not believe that he has a title for the vehicle as of this date, or if he does, I think he may have used it to secure temporary loans against the car. I have been told that I can file a claim against his bond and get my money back and he can keep the car. We both reside in Florida. Is this true? How do I go about it? Will I need an attorney? Does anyone know an attorney that is proficient in these matters? Would they take this case on a contingency basis? Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Frustrated and disgusted,