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Shame on DMV

Posted: February 28, 2009 1:33 a.m.
Updated: February 28, 2009 4:55 a.m.
Shame on you, Department of Motor Vehicles. I recently sent a refund request to the DMV for my vehicle registration fee of $254.

During the previous two years, I leased a Mercury Mountaineer from a car dealership in Santa Clarita.

Since I had planned on purchasing the automobile at the end of the lease, I paid the registration fee for Dec. 13, 2008, through Dec. 13, 2009, about a month prior to its due date.

The amount needed to pay for the "agreed-upon value of the car" of $32,000 was $16,000. When I offered this to the dealership, they told me the payoff was now $19,000. After refusing the deal, I requested a refund from the DMV.

I was shocked and outraged when they informed me that hands were tied due to "statutory restrictions," and they were unable to give me a refund. They suggested I try to negotiate with the dealership.

When I contacted the dealership, they asked, "Mr. Fox, since you sent the money to the DMV, why are requesting a refund from us?" When I asked them if they wanted to purchase the tags and registration at a reduced price, they told me the car was long gone and they were not interested. They suggested that I appeal to the DMV, who "had just ripped me off, big time."

This is a clear case of robbery. The state behaved like a "bully thug" and refused to return the money which is rightfully mine.

I guess the state hopes to balance its budget by picking the pockets of senior citizens. What makes this especially egregious is the fact that I suffer from terminal cancer and I need every penny I can get to afford my costly monthly medications.

Shame on you, DMV of California. You know it's wrong. What kind of example does this set when you require citizens to pay fees, income taxes and property taxes in a timely fashion, but you flagrantly break the law? How can you expect citizens to do the right thing when you set such a cowardly, criminal and reprehensible example?


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