Is a salesman allowed to take my vehicle home

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Is a salesman allowed to take my vehicle home

My car was supposed to be in the dealership
for repair and the salesman took it to his house
overnight without my consent or knowledge.
What can I do?

Asked on April 6, 2016 under Business Law, Texas

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

Legally, no, he cannot take it home absent exceptional and fairly obvoius circumstances, in which he had to take it home to protect it (e.g. a nearby river was rising, threatening to flood the dealership). As a practical matter, if no damage was done and the car has been returned, there is nothing the law can or will do for you; but if the car was damaged when he did this or he's not returning it, you could sue him and/or file charges for theft.


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