You can bond out the lien with the court (without filing a suit) and they have to release the car to you. As for the title, if the car is not financed, then title is supposed to be transferred rather quickly. All transfers of ownership must be completed within 30 days of the sale date on the title. Failure to do so will result in a penalty levied at the time of transfer - I believe $20. I'd have to check, but I also believe it is a serious violation when a dealer does not do the transfer within that period of time. Never buy a use car again without a mechanic looking at it first. It's worth the few dollars.
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Sounds complicated. Posting a bond to remove the lien is a good idea, however you will have to pony up $900 for a cash bond or have a bond company provide the court with bond. Then you are likely to face litigation with the repair company over the repair bill. On top of that you will be stuck with possession of what sounds like a lemon. You best best may be to try to have the purchase agreement for the car voided. If the dealer is reputable, they may work with you. If you financed the car, you should contact the finance company, they may be able to help.
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