Is my liablility for a vehicle truly released when a Release of Liability form is filled out and sent to DMV?

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Is my liablility for a vehicle truly released when a Release of Liability form is filled out and sent to DMV?

Sold junky car for $100. New owner fixed and probably resold. I sent in notice of sale through the Release of Liability form. New owner(s) never transferred title. I had no way of knowing that. Car was towed. Informed CHP in writing that I no longer owned car. Collection agency now trying to collect $1300 from me for towing company and storage.

Asked on October 31, 2010 under Bankruptcy Law, California

Answers:

M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

Apparently the form that you filled out and hopefully properly filed releases you from liability for the vehicle.  Hopefully it was properly dated and filed as I said.  And hopefully you kept a copy of the form.  You said that you wrote CHP and told them that you no longer owned the vehicle but did you include a copy of the form?  Then I would do so again with the copy and by certified mail return receipt requested (maybe get a name of a supervisor first before you send it so that it is directed at someone specific and will not get lost in the shuffle).  If you do not have a copy go down to DMV and see if you can get one.  Good luck.


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