Registered keeper sold car which I own, what should I do?
I am the legal owner of a car with receipt of purchase and bank statements to prove, however my ex is the registered keeper. I have applied with evidence to the DVLA for the registered keeper certificate to be transfered, but he has sold it in the meantime. The registered keeper has sold the car, I am the legal owner and have not given permission to do this. What should I do?
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Your ex must have sold your car by filling out the registration certificate (V5) to transfer the ownership. This is a problem that car owners face when they are not the registered keeper. However this is not to say that it should be permitted. The good thing is that you have all the proof to show that you are the actual legal owner and nobody is allowed to sell the car besides you. Contacting a solicitor to discuss this further is the way forward as it is a legal battle. You can always phone for a solicitor's advice free of charge or if you want, you can also try the Citizens Advice Bureau.
You would probably be able to recover your costs once the judge has decided in your favour, so the sooner you act, the faster you can have what is really yours back.
My wife and I separated last October I am the registered keeper of the 3 vehicles in our home and I have just found out that she has sold my motorcycle and one car after changing the registered keeper without me knowing. I have contacted DVLA and they have confirmed this, I contacted the police and they say that she did it after getting advice from the staff at the DVLA is this legal?
I have the exact same problem let me know how you get on. I'm in a difficult position as he sold it now to someone else. I've just been with police tonight to see the new owner who won't hand over vehicle so in hands my solicitor but she is hopefull it will all turn out in my favour.
You said "I have the exact same problem let me know how you get on. I'm in a difficult position as he sold it now to someone else. I've just been with police tonight to see the new owner who won't hand over vehicle so in hands my solicitor but she is hopefull it will all turn out in my favour." Why are you calling the new KEEPER the new owner when clearly you are the owner. the police should have acted on your proof of owner ship but i can understand why they have not as it's a can of worms, seek help from a lawyer, sue the back side of the person who sold a vehicle that did not belong to them, then get new keeper in court to hand over the car and they too can sue the guy who sold them the car for full costs to be rembursed. To me it's a clear case. Any decent lawyer can do this and you won't end up paying anything.