I'm not sure there is a question here, but I'll assume the question is: what do I do next?
You can take him to small claims court. My guess is that he will not show up. You don't have a written contract, but you do have evidence of a contract: he has the car, you have some money. However, you would still have to enforce the judgment, and that can be time-consuming.
The moral of the story is that it is probably not a good idea to extend credit to someone you don't know, especially without a signed contract.
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If this buyer has your car and has not fully paid for it, it appears you will probably have to sue this buyer in small claims court. In California, you can sue for up to $10,000 in small claims court.
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