Hi all, hope you can shed some insight into this situation for me!
I'm currently abroad on holiday but received word from a friend minding my car that it had been seized by Newlyns in regards to a previous owner's fines.
I've thankfully managed to have it released and it's currently at a friend's.
I don't understand why they seized the vehicle, as when they encountered it, it was already in my name (i.e. I was the registered keeper) according to the DVLA.
To the best of my knowledge, the registered keeper is the one responsible for any tickets, fines, etc., not the owner (unless it pertains to insurance matters) - is this correct?
when I bought the car and the DVLA updated their records to show that I was the new registered keeper, shouldn't they have left the car alone?
I understand that they may have suspected that the owner was the debtor, but doesn't a new registered keeper raise reasonable doubt?
My friend took photos before driving away from the garage where the car was being stored and I can see clear damage to the vehicle.
I have photographic evidence of the condition the vehicle was in before they seized it from a month earlier and witnesses who can attest that when they last saw the vehicle, it was in the same condition.
My car is covered in scratches and dents, and they've managed to damage one of the front headlights as well as break some of the chassis under the car (can see a piece of metal sticking out).
Once I return and see the car in person, I can make a full assessment of damage.
I feel this is clearly on Newlyns and the city council they were collecting on behalf of to fix.
I've filed complaints with both - once when the car was seized after it was already in my name and then I updated that complaint with the initial damage I noted.
However, with the holiday season, I doubt I'll be hearing back soon.
I was just wondering what my options were and how to best proceed.
Should I expect that Newlyns and the city council won't easily agree to pay for damages?
Should I notify my insurance (I also have legal cover), so that they can help me with this in case Newlyns and the council won't pay?
I've also become a bit worried, as if they can take the car despite me being the registered keeper, is there anything I can do to check if other bailiff companies or councils are looking to collect on debts from a previous owner(s)?