I live in South Carolina, person I may sue lives in North Carolina
My husband and I recently sold our used car to a private party. My husband knows the guy's girlfriend and so he agreed to a 500 down payment and two more installments for a total purchase price of $2000. Upon full payment, we would surrender the title to him. We typed up a bill of sale stating the following:
BILL OF SALE: MOTOR VEHICLE
Seller Name: xxxxxxxxxx
Seller Address: xxxxxxxx
Buyer Name & Address: xxxxxxxxx
In consideration of $2000.00 in 3 installments:
$500.00 paid today
$1,000.00 due 5/13/13
$500.00 due 5/26/13
the seller does hereby sell, transfer and convey the following motor vehicle to the buyer:
Model: Elantra GLS
The seller hereby acknowledges the collection of funds and certifies that the information provided herein is true and accurate to the best of their knowledge.
The seller warrants they are the legal owner of said vehicle.
The buyer understands that there is no guarantee or warranty, expressed or implied, for this vehicle or any items included with the transfer of this vehicle. The vehicle is sold in "AS IS" condition.
Buyer agrees to register the vehicle in his name with the North Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles within one week.
Seller signature: XXXXXXXX (my name as registered, title owner) Date: 5/7/13
Buyer signature: XXXXX 5/7/13
Witness signature: XXXXXX 5/7/13
The buyer took the car but then the next day, late at night, decided he wanted to "return the car," drove to our house, left it in our driveway and texted my husband saying it was there and he did not want it claiming it was more than he expected in fees to title and register it. (NOT MY FAULT!) The first check he gave us has also bounced (he stopped payment), resulting in a fee on our end.
We went back and forth via text today and when we said it was legally binding, he said he had sought counsel and was told he is not contractually obligated because of "one part" of the agreement. I'm not sure what he meant. My husband was the only one who met with him and I signed at home, then he brought the contract to the buyer and he signed it in NC. I never met him. The car is titled and registered in my name. Did I have to be there to sign in front of him?
Can I sue given this bill of sale? Also, he now is backtracking saying he will give us $1500 because he "doesn't like courts" but that he are illegally removing the tag. He basically wants our tag to stay on. I've explored this all over, and I understand that the tag is registered to the owner not the vehicle and I must either turn it in to the DMV in my state or transfer it to another vehicle I purchase (with fees of course via DMV).
Can anyone advise me here? I kind of want to take him to court now but I don't know if there is something obviously wrong that would make me lose and end up with added court fees.