Intended to pay cash for car from a private owner on Craig's List. Went to DMV to get the title transferred to my name, but could not because DMV worker said I needed to go to Washington State Patrol to get the VIN "inspected". Thinking the problem was only because the vehicle had a "rebuilt" title, I paid cash for the vehicle when I left the DMV. Turns out the car was stolen. When the Police came to take the car, they said the DMV should have called 911 when I was at the DMV because a DMV code called a "code 65" is what prompted the DMV worker to direct me to the Washington State Patrol. Because the DMV worker did not call the police and did not tell me the car was stolen, I lost the car and my money. Is there any negligence on the part of the DMV?
"Thinking the problem was only because the vehicle had a "rebuilt" title". Was the worker in control of your mind? If not, then you likely are the person who decided to go through with the deal, even after being told there may be a problem with the vehicle.
It seems you made your decision that turned out to be a wrong one.
The "DMV" likely was in fact a private business authorized to be an agent of the WA Department of Licensing to process car titles.
"they said the DMV should have called 911". "should have" is not the same as having a legal duty to do so.
You can review the specific facts with your attorney to find out your legal options.
It's possible, but a jury might think that when the DMV worker said you needed to go to the Washington State Patrol, you should have gone to the Washington State Patrol
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