Judge orders woman to find car she sold
A young woman, who bought a car "at the side of the road", told a judge she knew only the first name of a man she had since sold it on to.
Claire Doolin, of Waterville, Blanchardstown, Co Dublin, faces judgment against her relating to the Volkswagen Polo she bought for just €4,000 and against which there is an €18,000 hire-purchase debt.
Judge Jacqueline Linnane told her in the Circuit Civil Court that she better find out where the car is before returning to court in a fortnight's time to meet a demand by Volkswagen Bank Ireland for return of the vehicle.
Ms Doolin said she had bought the car from Michael Clampett, of Townspark, Athy, Co Kildare, who initially bought the vehicle on a hire purchase agreement and is being sued for more than €18,000 by Volkswagen Bank.
Brian McGuckian, counsel for the bank, told Judge Linnane that Mr Clampett and Ms Doolin were both being sued. Ms Doolin had turned up in court but Mr Clampett had not.
Mr McGuckian said two attempts had been made by a summons server to deliver documents personally to Ms Doolin without success.
Judge Linnane told Ms Doolin that Volkswagen Bank was looking to take the car back. Mr Clampett had bought the car on hire purchase and had sold it to her. The car still belonged to the hire-purchase company.
Ms Doolin said: "I bought the car from him for €4,000 and I sold it on about a month ago.
"I understand this is in relation to the car but I don't know why judgment is being sought against myself."
Judge Linnane told Ms Doolin that Mr Clampett had wrongfully sold the car to her and she had gone and sold it on to somebody else.
"You better make every effort to have the name and address of that person for the court and find out where the car is," Judge Linnane told her.
"You entered an appearance and a form of defence in March last and you say you sold the car a month ago when you must have been aware of these proceedings and the claim being taken by the bank."
Ms Doolin said she had bought the car at the side of the road and had not taken out the loan.
Mr McGuckian said Mr Clampett had not responded to the bank's claim. The cases against both Mr Clampett and Ms Doolin were adjourned.