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Someone else driving around in car I still technically own

  • 04-08-2021 11:10am
    Registered Users Posts: 1 Dagda94

    Ok, so I brought an old car to a mechanic last year to fix a problem with the ABS. I had a new car at this point, so when he fixed the old car, I offered to sell it to him. I knew I would have difficulty selling it myself, and he was willing to give me more than I would have got if I'd opted to scrap it. He asked me to sign the Logbook and give it to him, saying he "has a lot of cars and doesn't want to have to tax them all when they're not being used." I knew giving him the Logbook was foolish on my part, but the car had become a total nuisance at this stage and I just wanted to get rid of it.

    This morning, a €60 parking fine came through the door. Looks like the mechanic (or someone else) is driving around in the car that I am still the registered owner of. What are my options in this situation?


  • Registered Users Posts: 12,249 ✭✭✭✭ AMKC
    Registered User

    Oh that's not good. This happened to my sister after someone crashed into her first car and it was supposed to be scrapped. She got a notice many months later for speeding even do she no longer owned the car. It turns out someone fixed it up and was driving it. It was a lovely little car too untill that fecking ejit in the pick up drove into the side of it. It was a Fiat Punto Sporting in Yellow. Airbags saved my sister that day.

  • Registered Users Posts: 3,817 ✭✭✭ Darc19
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    Very simple. Return the ticket and state that it was sold to a motor dealer and provide their details.

    As dealers don't have to put the car in their name, it should be ok.

    Send a copy of the ticket and letter to the dealer

  • Registered Users Posts: 593 ✭✭✭ Meeoow
    Registered User

    Fiat Punto Sporting in yellow and lovely little car in the same sentence?

  • Registered Users Posts: 12,249 ✭✭✭✭ AMKC
    Registered User

    Yes it was. What's wrong with that? It was a MK ii Punto I think 2002.

    Sporting versionsEdit

    It was just like that except with nicer alloys and was only the sporting not the HGT version.

  • Registered Users Posts: 150 ✭✭ Gary Scrod

    Should have gone for the Schumacher model Fiat Punto.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 50,153 ✭✭✭✭ bazz26
    Registered User

    Not so simple. The OP states that's he sold it to a mechanic who selling cars so I'd doubt very much they are registered as a motor trader. If he was setup as a proper motor trader he would not have asked the OP to sign the logbook and give it to him to begin with. The local authorities will not rescind the ticket based on the OP just filling in his details and returning the ticket otherwise anyone could put the man on the moon's details on a ticket and return it to get it rescinded.

  • Registered Users Posts: 5,194 ✭✭✭ zg3409
    Registered User

    The parking fine is sent to "registered owner" of vehicle. I would act quickly, contact parking fine by phone, contact mechanic by phone. The fine needs to be paid asap or fine will increase. If mechanic is registered with Simi and car was not re-registered recently I would threaten reporting to Simi. Either way it's an issue to be sorted. Contacting Shannon to say you don't have the car, asking for new log book to change ownership may be an option.

    I had similar issue, gave car to scrapyard without log book, a few weeks later saw same car driving around. They fixed it up and sold / gave it to someone without log book.

  • Registered Users Posts: 6,027 ✭✭✭ alias no.9
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    It's cute that you think SIMI have any authority or any interests other than protecting their members.

    OP, go to the mechanic and if they don't sort it ASAP, go to the Gardai.