My elderly Dad purchased a flooded vehicle on an online auction, thinking it was a salvage vehicle (since he had done this once before) and not a vehicle with a cert of destruction on it. Upon delivery, he had the vehicle professionally dried out, he called to ask where title is since it wasn't with the car. Was told there is none (after being told it would be in the car being shipped) - just a cert of destruction. He spent $8000+ for a un-title-able car. They will not allow him to put it back on auction. No repair shop will look at this car since it's a flood vehicle. We have tried everything to try and find out how we can sell this. He would love to keep it and drive it as it's a great car. Doesn't seem to be possible though in FL to change designation. Called insurance co to try to reverse title designation and tried to have Copart take back. All fails. The car will just rot in place as things stand. Such a shame. My Dad feels terrible every day and it has caused tremendous stress. Is there anything we can do?
This is a financial problem in large part as the expense of trying to rectify this is likely to overshadow the result. It may just be a very expensive lesson that you may need to get a guardian over your fathers finances to keep this from happening again or in some other format. You may want to contact DMV and see whether anything can be done or what steps might exists to get the vehicle tagged and registered and may have resort to literally parting it out or scrapping it. The reason why this may not be cost effective to sue over is the multi-state internet nature of the sale and purchase and the logistical difficulties with litigation and then collection. Many such online entities are outright scammers that fold up by the time you get to them after throwing good money after bad.
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