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    Default Private Car Sale Gone Bad

    Purchased car privately in GA. Owner signed title over to me without listing himself as lienholder. I was supposed to make payments but there are no documents regarding the loan. I lost my job, have no money to live on and sold the car. Now the original owner is trying to have me arrested for car theft. Can he do that if the title was in my name only and there is no paperwork regarding the sale or loan?

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    Default Re: Private Car Sale Gone Bad

    Maybe. How much did you pay on the car before you sold it? How much time passed between the sale to you and the sale by you?

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    Default Re: Private Car Sale Gone Bad

    Paid $500, $1200 owed. Sold car 2 months after purchase. No documents to reflect sale everything was verbal.

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    Default Re: Private Car Sale Gone Bad

    I can see the potential for a charge, such as larceny by false pretenses, given those facts. You'll have to wait and see what happens, although it would make sense to take the money you got from selling the car and pay what you owe on it.

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    Default Re: Private Car Sale Gone Bad

    I got a pre warrant in the mail and it says there will be a warrant for my arrest on theft charges. If I pay the amount i owe will the charges be dropped? Do I go to the police station to pay or do i pay the owner? I don't want to go to court and jail.

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