I am asking for my keys, $55 for the ventshades, money for floormats (will have to find out a value), and reimbursement for the miles. For a total of around $400.
He said on the news story he would reimburse me for miles. While I never told him I wanted that, though I knew I could have, I am thinking on asking .48¢/mile for 600 miles which is $288.
I highly doubt the car was test-driven even 600 miles like he claims, but I don't know how many miles were added for test drives, so I'll give him a free pass and go by what he said, which left 600 miles unaccounted for.
If I got $400 and my keys I'd be pretty happy!
Another thing I considered is that my car was in his possession for 8 months. And he drove it himself on a regular basis. If the car was on his lot more, it COULD HAVE sold. He had a duty to sell my car for me. While he didn't guarantee it, he broke the contract IMO by driving my car around as his own.
He ALSO clearly broke the contract by lowering the price of the car by $1000 WITHOUT telling me.
I paid $230/month for 8 months ($1840) while this a$$ drove my car around Connecticut. He didn't keep it on his lot so it would have a better chance of selling. So IMO I could have a pretty good argument for getting some of that money back. And on the basis of his complete disregard for my property, his business' reputation (BBB complaints), and his attitude and avoidance of me for 4+ months, I think the right judge would grant me quite a bit of money.
I'm not out to look like a greedy plaintiff though, so I'll be nice and ask for $400.