After Selling Their Car, This Couple Was Unexpectedly Fined Because the New Owner Didn’t Change the Plates

A man shared the story of how he and his wife, some time ago, sold their car but recently discovered that the vehicle’s plates had not been removed. This made them very angry, and they have offered the buyer of the car an ultimatum. Here’s what he had to say. 

The man received a bill

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Recently, the man found a bill in his mail that was addressed to his wife from E-ZPass and had been sent from another state. He thought this was strange, as their account on E-ZPass was in his name, so he opened the bill.

It was for a small amount of money

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The money that was on the bill was not very much—under $15. It was for a video toll of a license plate that used to be in the name of the man’s wife, not the man himself. That, though, was cancelled in 2021.

They sold a car that year

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“We sold a car to a friend of my sister at the end of 2021,” he said. “We ended up having to deliver it part-way for some reason, so we left the plates on the car so that they could legally drive it home, and I informed them that I would be canceling the registration the next day and that they needed to dispose of the plates.”

They continued to use the plates

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For some reason, the person they sold their car to never changed the plates. So, they have apparently been driving this car with the canceled plates on it ever since they got it.

They got in touch with the buyer

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Eventually, the man and his wife contacted the buyer of their car. They seemed surprised that a bill was sent out, as they claimed to have an E-ZPass. They wanted the man and his wife to pay the bill and they’ll pay them back. He felt that they would not confess to driving the car with their old plates still on it.

They live far away

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The buyers of the car live a few states away from the man and his family, so they never saw the car after selling it to them. It was only very recently that he found out the plates were still there.

He doesn’t want to pay the bill

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The man does not want himself or his wife to pay this bill, as it would suggest that they still have ownership of the vehicle, which they do not. It would also indicate that they are still driving it, despite it being well past its expiration date.

Disputes over validity have begun

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Feeling like this entire situation would “come back and bite” him and his wife, he has started the process of disputing the bill’s validity using the receipt from the plate cancellation.

He is at a crossroads

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After “some circular conversations” between the man, his wife, his sister, and the car’s new owner, he offered them two solutions. The plates could be returned so that they could be properly disposed of, or they could contact the police to report the vehicle as both expired and stolen.

Was he right?

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The man is now being accused of escalating a situation, and those who are accusing him are “flipping out” about the scenario.

The internet responded

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One person said, “It’s only a matter of time before you start getting speeding and red light tickets in the mail.”

Another commenter noted, “They are committing fraud at your expense. You should just call the police.”

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