So, I saw this ad to buy vehicles for a company. On the ad, they say they are a licensed car dealer and exporter. They even say they export vehicles from the US to Asia. I contacted the gentleman on the ad and he said I would go to a dealership in my area and search for a pre-chosen vehicle but test drive other vehicles as well. He said once I go inside to talk numbers I get the overall cost including all other fees on the purchasing order and tell the dealer I need a day to sleep on it. In that time I would send a copy to the company and they would send a rep my way with 50% of my payment for the vehicle, and a check for the full cost of the car. Once purchased, I await the title and sign over to them and get the other 50% of my payment. Since the company publicly advertises themselves and gives me a check to pay the vehicle in full, am I at risk of any legal actions against myself? I have done some research on this and have seen exporting is illegal but if the car is paid in full and I am just signing over the title to them as their vehicle now to their business in the US, what they do with it after that is none of my business, correct?
Hi, thanks for your question.
It sounds shady to me. You stated "it's illegal." So if you are acting as an agent/employee of the company, doing something (buy cars) at their direction, and the thing they do with the car is illegal, you are on the hook for the same responsibility through the theory of accomplice liability.
Also, I have re-tagged your question since it doesn't relate to lemon law.
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The general rule is that if you have to ask if it's shady or illegal, it probably is something you shouldn't involve yourself with.
There's plenty of crimes that involve elements of the defendant "knowing or having reason to know" that something was illegal.
There is no reason if this business is "legit" that they would not be buying cars themselves. Certainly they would not be purchasing cars at retail prices as there is no room for markup especially after shipping costs and paying you.
My bet is that the checks are fake and that is why they want you to be the person passing the check and taking the heat. People are even making counterfeit cashier's checks, which are normally guaranteed by the bank. Unless the company calls the guaranteeing bank to verify funds at the time of the transaction, it will not be until it is refused by the alleged "issuing bank" that the dealer will know that there is no payment. They will then come after you and report the car as stolen. Don't get involved.
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