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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 01-10-2007, 06:24 PM Thread Starter
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Has this happened to you?

I donated my probe last September to charity. I signed off on all the paperwork and got my reciept from the charity. I mailed in the release of liability to the DMV and never heard anything after. I thought, no news is good news. I guess I thought too soon.

I got a notification in the mail yesterday from a tow company in another county in the Bay Area that they want $525 in tow and storage fees. Apparantly, the person who bought the car at auction had it towed, yet never registered it in their name. So the notice came to me, and the charity.

I checked with the DMV today and they have the release of liability on file, yet I'm still the registered owner? I was pretty sure the charity was since they filled in the pink slip and I signed off on it.

This is the first time I've ever donated a car, so if someone out there can chime in, please do.
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 01-10-2007, 09:33 PM
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It's my understanding that as long as you mailed in the registration with the release filled out to the DMV, you should not be liable.
Good luck.
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post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old 01-10-2007, 10:19 PM
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[quote author=maudi3 link=topic=66621.msg1143520#msg1143520 date=1168482787]
It's my understanding that as long as you mailed in the registration with the release filled out to the DMV, you should not be liable.
Good luck.
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california is goofy about their cars. so who knows?

but i would definitely think you are not at fault. i'd be worried about my credit score now tho. that would be a pain in the arse to fix.

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What does my credit score have to do with the car? It was completely paid off many years prior and I dropped it from my insurance the day it was donated.
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[quote author=FemGearHead link=topic=66621.msg1143609#msg1143609 date=1168485706]
What does my credit score have to do with the car? It was completely paid off many years prior and I dropped it from my insurance the day it was donated.
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No, you have that unpaid bill from the towing company in your name.

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They are only after me to recoup the tow/storage fees, but they will be selling the car next month.

I will keep an eye on my credit report, but I doubt I will have to worry about it. I mailed a copy of the release to the lien company today, so that ought to clear me completely.
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[quote author=FemGearHead link=topic=66621.msg1143645#msg1143645 date=1168486847]
They are only after me to recoup the tow/storage fees, but they will be selling the car next month.

I will keep an eye on my credit report, but I doubt I will have to worry about it. I mailed a copy of the release to the lien company today, so that ought to clear me completely.
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Good idea that you faxed them a copy of the release of liability. I would keep an eye on your credit for awhile. Heck doing the once a year free credit check thing is always a good idea. If you have any financed purchase that you know about wait till about a month before you are going ahead with that and check your credit, that way you know of any potential issues with your credit and also if there is anything you need to clear up (like the towing company dishing this off to a collection agency a year from now).

My wife found out over the weekend her credit score was only ~640 because aparently a collection agency had filed against her AND never let her know about it. Fortunately it didn't effect the mortgage rate we got (I quintuple checked with out lender) and mine was also resonably high 740+ (bringing it down is recent credit history (only 7 years old) and high utilization of availible credit ($6000 bill from honeymoon, wife's orthedontia and wedding the month my credit was run for the mortgage and only $8000 credit line)). She finally got down to the bottom of it, she had a $29 collection from North Carolina Power from when she lived in NC for grad school about 2 years ago. Aparently despite giving NCP her forwarding address they never sent her the final bill. It can be little crap like that that can get on your credit record and screw it all up bad.

Anyway, I guess that isn't to much on the topic. Keep watching your credit (always a good idea) and no they can't hold you liable. Lastly make sure you have at least one copy of that release of liability in addition to your current copy. Make sure you have it somewhere where you won't lose it and keep it for at least 5 years.
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