Can I sell a keyless entry remote fob for a car that was reposesed?

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Can I sell a keyless entry remote fob for a car that was reposesed?

My car was repossessed in 07/10. I still have the keyless entry remote fobs for the car. My husband does not think we can sell these, I believe we can. If they have not asked for it by now, they are not going to. We received confirmation from the loan company that the car has been resold. Therefore, I believe it is legal to sell these remotes to help us make ends meet.

Asked on November 13, 2010 under General Practice, Missouri

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SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

It is almost certainly NOT legal to sell them, assuming that the fobs came with the car when you bought it (e.g. were not additional ones you paid for  out of pocket). In that case, they really are "part" of the car and should have gone back with it, the same as you could not take out and resell the spare tire that went with the car. While as practical matter, no one may notice, care, or take action about them, if these were the remote entry fobs that came with the car, they are not your property once the car is respossessed; if you sell them, you will be selling someone else's property, which is a form of theft (probably the type known as "conversion").


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