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  • Deposit on car in AZ and seller resold the car. Arizona

    Heres the story... I purchased a new to me car from AZ. Over the past few weeks I have been in negotiations with the seller getting him to the "right price" on the car. We finally settled on $16,000 and we both agreed upon me sending a $500 deposit via PayPal for the car to help cover his expenses for listing the car and ensure I was actually going to fly out from IL to AZ to pick up the car the following week. He knew ahead of time I would be flying out the following weekend with money in hand for the remaining balance of the car. This was all discussed via phone and in emails.

    2 days prior to my flight out to pick up the car, the seller emails me saying he has now sold the car to another person locally for $16,900 and he will refund my deposit. But, not only have I booked a flight, I took 4 days off of work and booked hotels from AZ back to IL.

    What are my legal rights in this situation? Am I supposed to eat my flight tickets and PTO, and just settle for a mere refund? What can I do?

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    You could "try" suing him in small claims court though keep in mind you are in two
    different states.
    Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. Leo Buscaglia

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    • #3
      I am not saying that this is likely (or not likely), but in theory we have a "detrimental reliance" situation here. You could in theory get a AZ attorney and sue for actual damages in AZ under this theory.
      "Reality is that which, when you stop believing in it, doesn't go away".
      Philip K. **** (1928-1982)

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      • #4
        That's a thought too since the OP relied on the car being available & is
        out money due to the car being sold to someone else.

        OP could certainly run it by an Az. attorney.
        Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. Leo Buscaglia

        Live in peace with animals. Animals bring love to our hearts and warmth to our souls.

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