My question involves a consumer law issue in the State of: New Jersey
I recently purchased a travel trailer from a seller through CraigsList.com in New Jersey. He provided me with a notarized bill of sale and his previous registration. When I went to register the trailer, they informed me that the bill-of-sale identified it as a 27' Starcraft Travel Trailer, but the current registration had it listed as "homemade". When I went back to the seller, a private party, he informed me that he didn't have a title for the trailer and he had purchased it from a "junk yard". I don't know the circumstances of how it arrived in a "junk yard", but it is certainly usable with a little work. I spoke with a supervisor at MVC who put me in touch with an MVC investigator as it is supposedly illegal to sell a trailer (over 2000 GVW) without a valid title. They told me I need to have the seller go through the process of obtaining a title which he refuses to do. After doing a title search, there is no lienholder listed (thank God!!!) but the title is listed as "Salvage" and assigned to an insurance company. My question is as follows:
Do I have any chance in small claims court to sue the seller for selling me the trailer without good title, or at least for the fees involved in obtaining a "no evidence" title?
Can the seller be prosecuted for this transaction?