My question involves vehicle registration or title in the state of: California.
So I was approached by my attorney who said he had a client that was looking to sell a high end BMW to pay legal fees, So after I did my diligence on the BMW, confirmed clear title, I agreed to purchase the vehicle for value. My attorney produced the signed power of attorney from the owner, and we signed a bill of sale, release of liability etc. etc. Because the car was new (5k miles) I would have have to file for a replacement title b/c the original owner still had not received title from DMV.
So I file all paperwork, pay the use tax, and receive temp registration......around the same time I came across my dream car (Aston martin DB9) at a local dealership. I met with the dealership owner and we came to an agreement for a trade in, plus cash consideration paid to me. So i signed all docs, was promised they would handle DMV and not to worry. I left in the DB9 with a check for the negotiated amount.
4 months later I get a call from CHP saying the BMW is stolen, and I need to come in for statement. So I did, and I brought all my supporting docs......they grilled me for a few hours, yelling and fist pounding that I had something to do with the theft of the car......I'd finally had enough and asked if I was free to go, and they reluctantly advised that I was and I left. I followed up with the CHP investigator who advised that the DA was not pursuing me for any wrong doing, but then I get a call from the dealer....who still had not registered the DB9 as promised, stating that they own the aston martin......and because the police impounded the BMW, they want it back.
My intuition tells me that I'm a bona fide purchaser for value, and that the dealer is in breach of contract for not registering vehicle in my name. So now what.... Sue for breach of contract? Any ideas on identifying the appropriate cause of action(s) or available remedies would be incredibly helpful.