My question involves vehicle registration or title in the state of: California.
I "sold" this used car to the used-car dealership in exchange of the discount for another car that I purchased at the time last year. So there I didn't really receive any payment for that and I don't have any independent contract for that transaction. I just got discount price for the car I bought.
Anyway, I did submit the release of liability to DMV about the car I sold right away.
But I still kept receiving the notice for renewal of registration so I did mail back and submit another release of liability. Finally, the car seems to get a ticket for not being registered and impounded in March 2014. I received the traffic ticket that was issued to me but I wrote a appeal letter with the copy of release of liability and also another "declaration of non-ownership" and the citation was dismissed by the City of Los Angeles.
The problem is, I got another letter from collection agency about the "towing and storage fee" which is nearly $2000!!!!
I did receive the notice of auction but seems like there were not any bids so they are coming to me to cover the cost.
I contacted the collection agency and explain the situation and I thought it would help to show that how the citation was dismissed about this car. But they claimed that it is a different issue and I am still legally responsible for the vehicle if I was receiving the traffic ticket at the time. I did order the Vehicle registration history and it has my name on as "R/O". But seems like DMV does have the record that they received my release of liability multiple times.
Any advise? I lost my first copy of release of liability but I have another copy that I filed later and also I am thinking about ordering the copy of release of liability from DMV.
I contacted the dealership that I sold the car to find that they went out of business and I have no idea who was driving the car a the moment of citation/towing happens. I will try to track down the guy but that's whole different story...
Thank you very much in advance for your advise.