Classic Car Dealer Pleads No Contest In Court
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He is punished, but not as harshly as some have hoped ...
Dropping off your classic car at a dealership might be a great and easy way to sell it, but you still need to be careful. This can be seen in the case of David Cotten, the former owner of Bay City Motor Company, who just closed a plea deal with the Michigan prosecutor. On September 10, Cotten pleaded no appeal against charges of theft by converting more than $ 20,000.
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Over a year ago, several Bay City Motor Company customers accused Cotten of selling their cars and keeping the cash. The Michigan State Regulatory Monitoring Division and the Michigan State Police are investigating a specific allegation.
As noted, previous news reports from Michigan detailed several people's experiences with Cotten, claiming he cheated on them out of large sums of money. One in particular was Allen Kayler from Arizona. The man donated a 1976 Chevy Chevelle and a 1966 Chevy Nova to Bay City Motor Company, both of which were quite desirable cars. That was again in 2018.
Cotten soon got in touch with Kayler with good news: A buyer was interested in both vehicles. The classic car dealer asked the Arizona man to send him both titles, but afterward Cotten said the deal had failed. To prevent the other man from requesting the titles be returned, the dealer explained that a lot of people were interested in the cars, which was believable but supposedly not true.
When the vehicles were reportedly not yet sold in 2019, Kayler became suspicious. After digging around, he found that one car was registered in Virginia to a new owner and the other in Utah. Both cars were priced at $ 238,000.
Another man who was not named in local reports successfully sued Cotten and won a civil sentence against the dealer for $ 253,000.
Why Cotten was not billed for the other incidents in which allegedly all of the money from the sale of other customers' cars was bagged is not apparent. Sometimes the judicial system is sloppy and haphazard, an unfortunate fact that we all live with.
Source: ABC 12
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