Used Car Dealer Violates State Law

On the surface, this car  doesn't look too bad. In this case, though, beauty is truly rust deep.

According to Car Fax, last year, the 1993 Nissan was totaled and issued a salvage title. On top of that, the junker has over 235,000 miles.

But it didn't stop K&S Used Auto Sales from selling it. FOX 19 Consumer Reporter Tom Sussi questioned the owner about the transaction.

"You know it's a salvage title, right?" Back to K&S Used Auto Sales

First, let's explain how this car managed to get sold.

In December, Maria Billiter was short on cash. That's where K&S Used Auto Sales owner Khaled Sahbagh and his Nissan entered the picture.

In exchange for Marie's 1994 Dodge Caravan, which ran, Sahbagh gave her $300 bucks and the Nissan.

When Marie tried to get plates for the Nissan, the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles turned her away. In short, Marie first needs to prove that this car is road-worthy, and get a rebuilt-salvage title. And, according to the state, that's the responsibility of the seller.

By law, used car dealers, can not sell cars with salvage titles. "I got it for parts. That's what I bought it for. But she (Marie) insisted she wanted that car," Sahbagh explained to FOX 19.

The next day, Khaled Sahbagh took back the Nissan and gave Marie a running 1993 Geo Storm. It's got 90,000 miles and, according to Car Fax, a clean title.

"I don't know how to stick up for myself. You helped me do that," said Marie. "Thanks, Tom."