The most expensive parking ticket he'll ever get

TROUTDALE, Ore. -- It was a simple oversight. And yet it cost a Troutdale man $700.

Danny Croghan sold a Chevrolet Cavalier last August. Last month, he received a bill for an unpaid parking ticket that grew with interest and added penalties from the Department of Revenue.

The ballooned ticket fell on Croghan's shoulders because the buyer never registered the car with the state. And Croghan had neglected to fill out seller notification paperwork for the Department of Motor Vehicles.

He only had 10 days to submit the seller notification paperwork.

"I sort of spaced it, which I shouldn't have and lo and behold, two days ago, my boss gets me aside and says we're going to have to garnish your wages," Croghan said.

Croghan, who makes a living repairing cars, can't track the Cavalier buyer because his name is illegible on the bill of sale and there's no address.

"It's just frustrating," he said.

It's a harsh lesson for a simple piece of paperwork.

"If none of that happens and people have received bills for towing and parking tickets, judges, I understand, have ruled in favor of those seeking payment from a previous owner if they have not filed their seller notice," said DMV spokesman David House.

A perfunctory task, like submitting the seller notice, can go a long way. We recently reported on Paul Crabtree's story. He sold his car to someone who racked up 47 unpaid tickets.

Yet Crabtree was protected because he did notify the state of the sale.

As for Croghan's car racking up the triple-digit ticket, there's some good news: the Cavalier has been scrapped.