Am I responsible for car after I traded it in to a dealership to purchase a new car?

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Am I responsible for car after I traded it in to a dealership to purchase a new car?

I traded in a car on 3/12 to purchace a new car and on 3/27, my old car was in an accident, but it looks like my name was still on the title. I turned in the old tags on 3/13

Asked on May 11, 2009 under Accident Law, Maryland

Answers:

B. B., Member, New Jersey Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 12 years ago | Contributor

Absolutely not.  I'm not a Maryland lawyer, but this one should be a slam-dunk, after you returned the tags.  I hope you got and kept the receipt for those, but if you didn't, it will be at worst a small inconvenience.  I'm assuming you also notified your car insurance company about the trade-in and purchase, as well.

The dealer you traded the car to is on the hook here.  If they do not keep you completely out of the difficulties from this accident, you should have an attorney write them a nasty letter -- and I can tell you from experience, that he or she will have fun writing that one!  If it comes to that, you can start looking for a lawyer at our website, http://attorneypages.com


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