When we bought the truck recently from an oto galeri (car sales) in Milas, we knew that we would have to change ownership and get the relevant paperwork in order. This, I feel, is something that the oto galeri should be responsible for. However, they didn't deal with it but left it to Mr A to contact the previous owner to get this done.
Ever since the day of purchase, Mr A has been trying to contact the previous owner by phone with the number given on the paperwork, and confirmed as correct by the oto galeri. With no success. He rings every day, but there is no answer. He asked the oto galeri to try, but they say there is no answer.
He really should not have been driving it without the change of ownership, but needs must. He was stopped once by the traffic police outside Milas, showed the papers and explained the problem to them. They were fine about it and just said to keep trying to make contact and change the papers as soon as possible. I think he was lucky to have found a policeman having a good day!
On Sunday morning, he drove the truck down to the village to collect a friend from the teahouse and they were then going to pick oranges and mandarins from the friend's land.
Just as he set off from the teahouse, a traffic police car pulled up and stopped him. They informed him that the truck was stolen! He was escorted to the oto galeri where the owner was waiting. He says he bought the car in good faith from a "relative" of the person who owned the truck. It now transpired that the owner did not give a relative permission to sell the truck and wanted it back.
Mr A insisted to the oto galeri owner that he is at fault and that our money should be refunded. He says he doesn't have the money but that Mr A could take another of his cars as a replacement. I am furious. If I had been with him I would have kicked up such a stink. But Mr A, gullible as always, has accepted another car. The good news is that this car is in the name of the oto galeri owner, so at least we know where to find him to change the ownership. Mr A will not be using it for the next couple of months, and it will be parked outside the house, so we are not going to rush to change ownership and the cost involved in that. The bad news...well two lots of bad news really...is that this car is more expensive than the truck, so Mr A will owe money on it. Which means that he will have to find a job as soon as possible. The other issue is that we have spent money on this truck since we bought it, which we will never see again, and the oto galeri is allowing a lower price than we paid for the truck in part exchange for the car.
I'm not sure I've explained this particularly well, but the bottom line is that we are out of pocket on the "stolen" truck, and are left owing money on a different car.
I'd have insisted on the money being returned in full. I would not have accepted another car. But then I'm just a woman, and no-one takes any notice of women here.
This whole sorry story sounds very suspicious to me. I think the oto galeri man knows more than he's letting on, and perhaps this is a scam to make money out of us. I guess we'll never find out. But he sounds like just as much of a crook as the "relative" who allegedly sold the truck without permission from the owner.