About a month ago I began speaking with a guy in another state who posted a for sale ad on an enthusiast forum for this particular type of car. The car is located in another state and I could not personally inspect it before purchase so I settled for having a mechanic check it out. The seller complied and had it taken to a shop where I spoke with the mechanic that inspected it assured me it was in the shape the photos portrayed and the buyer described.
We made arrangements for the sale and eventual shipping of the vehicle to me. I made payment via money order and overnight UPS with a tracking number, all of which I have proof for. A couple of days go by and I hear nothing. Finally I get a message on the forum where I found the car stating that he had a family emergency and would be back in town the following wednesday to complete the transaction. I don't hear from him wednesday and I finally get a hold of him when I called him on thursday. I ask him to overnight me the title while we wait for the shipper to find a carrier and he agrees. It is now tuesday the following week and after many attempts to contact him via phone and messages on the forum I still have received no response. I know he has at least received the forum messages because it says that he last logged in an hour before this posting and when you log in, you are automatically taken to new messages.
Should this transaction go completely south what courses of action do I have? The problem is we literally live on opposite coasts so going there in person is a bit of a problem and even if I do fly out there I don't know what I could do. I have receipts for the money orders, a copy of them with his information filled in, the tracking number for the package showing its arrival and finally many messages on the forum.
Thank you very much for any help.