Recently, a major automotive retailer has closed and gone out of business. American Car Center operated over 40 dealerships in 10 states, and has left thousands of consumers with serious vehicle title issues. If you are a consumer who has purchased a vehicle from American Car Center, and has NOT received your title, you should take the following steps immediately.
Each state where America Car Center operates has a licensing division that enforces proper dealer operations. You should file a notice with the board in that state to make sure your case is in their system. Some states have restitution funds available for consumer cash for victims. Links to each state filing form where the dealer had locations is below:
For all of your car payments, and your down payment, collect the receipts and contracts for future use. If you had a trade-in vehicle, be sure that any prior loans were paid off.
You want to check to see if the vehicle you purchased was subject to any prior salvage title brands, liens, or reported stolen. Check the NMVTIS (National Motor Vehicle Title Information System) Records System to get a background. Link
In order to restore your rights to the vehicle, the magistrate in your county can sign a court order to declare you to be the rightful owner of the free and clear vehicle. Information and instructions on the process are at the following link: https://cartitles.com/court-ordered-title/
Follow the link here https://cartitles.com/vehicle-lien-release/.
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