I don't know if this was a scam, cluelessness or what, but it raised enough red flags for us to walk away.
DragonSon is buying his first car.
He's checking the want ads, kijijii and so on.
He found a good prospect, so he and I went and checked it out.
Everything was fine except for one odd thing - when we asked for the VIN, the owner didn't have it with her.
I said "If you pull out the registration, I'll just take a picture of the number."
"I'll text it to you."
She sent it a short time later and DragonSon went and got a search done to make sure there were no liens against the vehicle.
All good so they settled on the price.
Last night, she dropped the car off.
For the "bill of sale", she had a piece of paper with her info and the car info on it.
We asked for her to sign over the registration papers.
She didn't actually have the registration papers.
See, she'd only owned the car for a week or so (she'd told us that she'd bought it and realized she didn't want it, that's why she was selling it) and hadn't actually registered it yet.
She just stuck the plates from her previous car on it and was using those.
Odd...but not actually illegal - where we are, that's allowable for a very brief period before you register.
Problem is, with the car not registered in her name, a bill of sale is meaningless because the system won't show her as having authority to sell the car.
So we made arrangements for her to meet DragonSon at the registry office to get the paperwork sorted out.
All of a sudden, she wanted cash or a certified cheque.
Reasonable (I was actually surprised she'd been willing to take our personal cheque earlier.)
We told her he'd have a certified cheque with him at the registry office.
And then the deal had to be in cash.....
I'm not sure how she expected to sell a car without being able to prove that she actually owned it, but she really wasn't willing to provide the registration information. Or even the bill of sale from when she bought it last week....