Re: Ex Owes Me Money, His Car Title Has My Name on It
If you get a judgment against him in small claims court, then you get to try to collect from him. This can be a lot of fun ... if you're a masochist. At this point, his interest in the car is an asset you could either request as (partial) payment, or potentially try to have seized. I don't know how seizure would take place, and I suspect it would be a lot of trouble and possibly cost a good bit on a small judgment. You would probably be better off offering to take his share of the car as part of the payment.
But until you have a judgment, all you can do is negotiate. You could offer to reduce what you say he owes you if he signs over his interest in the car. Since you are having to take him to court, it sounds like he might not want to make a deal. Unless he's only failing to pay you for lack of money, in which case he might make a deal. You might consider making him a good deal to resolve the liability question that MrKIA points out.
But which car are you talking about? The one he "sold", or the one he bought from his cousin? Which one did you go in to for the title transfer? I'm confused. But whichever car you are talking about, getting paid takes place after the judgment, unless you can negotiate with him.
Not a lawyer and don't play one on TV.
I see the brevity of truth.