I previously posted on this forum about a used car I purchased in Riverside, CA from a private party. The car needed minor repairs and I wondered if the previous owner was on the hook for them. See
I purchased the car from the previous owner who signed over the pink slip to me and I registered the car at the CA DMV without any problems.
This week a notice of lien sale from the CA DMV showed up in my mailbox for a $500 tow that took place about 2 months before I purchased the car.
I have a couple of questions about my rights.
1. Does the lien holder have a cause of action against me, or only the previous owner? Or both of us? In other words, does the lien follow the vehicle.
2. Do I have a cause of action against the previous owner? Of course I asked him if the car had any liens or other encumbrances and he said no.
3. Can I pay the lien and sue the previous owner in small claims court for the amount? This assumes the lien is his and not a third party who owned the car before him- or does it matter? Can I just go after him?
Thanks for any input.