How do I go about taking legal possession of a vehicle so I can dispose of it?

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How do I go about taking legal possession of a vehicle so I can dispose of it?

I won a civil suit 1 1/2 years ago for breach of contract on a purchase agreement for a vehicle. I have had the vehicle in my possession by means of a unknown, but secure storage location for just about 2 years. The defendant in this case has made no attempt to collect the vehicle and refuses to make payment. The vehicle is registered to the defendants mother. I have possession of the title, but it has not been signed over to me. I want to get rid of the vehicle as it doesn’t run and is taking up space.

Asked on November 17, 2011 under Bankruptcy Law, Florida

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FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

If you won your civil lawsuit about the vehicle that you currently have possession of two years ago and want to have title placed in your name so you can dispose of it, I suggest that you file a motion with the court and serve it upon all parties to the lawsuit and the defendant's mother seeking an order from the court that legal title to the vehicle be placed in your name.

If the motion is granted, take a certified copy of the order to the department of motor vehicle with the original registration so that this entity can issue a new registration certificate of the car in your name. Once done, you can then dispose of the vehicle as owner of record.


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