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    Default What Can You Do if a Car Seller Takes Your Deposit but Sells to Somebody Else

    My question involves a consumer law issue in the State of: Ca.left deposit on a car,and a contrat now seller saying he has sold it to someone else

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    Default Re: Private Party Car Sales

    All you can (and should) do is get your money back and look for something else.

    You haven't really been damaged by the breach, at least not nearly enough to make it worth litigating.

    File this under "s--t happens" and move on.

    Next time don't leave deposits and don't write contracts unless you have all the cash to buy the car and then just figure first come first served.

    Also make sure you read this site's postings about all the things that can go wrong when you buy a used car from a private party and take the appropriate precautions.

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    Default Re: Private Party Car Sales

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    My question involves a consumer law issue in the State of: Ca.left deposit on a car,and a contrat now seller saying he has sold it to someone else
    The exact terms of the deposit and the deal you made for the car matter, and we don’t have that information here. Even if I assume that the seller breached a contract with you by selling to someone else, there is the issue of what damages you suffered from it. If you go out and buy basically the same car from someone else and the lowest price you can get on that is higher than you would have paid on this first deal then in contract law you would be entitled to the difference in the price so that you end up getting the car for the price you agreed to pay with the first seller. If the car price was near market price then there won’t be anything worth suing for here.

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