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Hello, I’m Ben, a UK lawyer and will be dealing with your case today. I may also need to ask some questions to determine the legal position.
Do you have an address for him where you can contact him?
Hi sorry we are not online all day as working from home and have other commitments there. To be able to take it further legally you need his address where you can serve him with documents. I can give you the steps you need to follow once you have an address for him?
Do you want me to proceed with the steps you eventually need to follow?
So what are you trying to achieve by doing that?
Thank you. By sending the log book to the DVLA all you are doing is notifying them that you are the registered keeper. However that does not make you the legal owner, which is different to the registered keeper. So you will not be transferring ownership to yourself by doing that.
Legal ownership will depend on any agreement you had with him and what evidence you have to prove that a sale or transfer was agreed. Ideally you want some receipts, correspondence, etc which confirms that ownership has been transferred to you and as mentioned, that does not happen by sending the log book.
Also I cannot see the police getting involved with this – they will say this is a civil matter, which in reality it is.
Your best option is still to consider legal action once you manage to find out where he lives and pursue him that way. As mentioned, I can go through the steps you need to follow if you want?
One way or another you would have to spend money to pursue this, assuming that he does not voluntarily return it. The only way to avoid charges is to write demand letters yourself. However if he ignores these and does not pay you back, then you will have to spend money to pursue this formally. Does this clarify things a bit more for you?
Not really, as mentioned it just means you are notifying DVLA that you are the registered keeper but that is it, you could be the keeper and not necessarily have it in your possession
If you are the registered keeper then you are responsible for tax, etc so even if you do not have the car in your possession but have registered yourself as the keeper, then you will be liable for these so it is pointless doing it
Remember that the log book has nothing to do with ownership so you cannot challenge him for getting a new log book by arguing you own the car.
Unfortunately we cannot send letters on your behalf, we are just an online chat service
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