Please excuse if this is in the wrong place, but I just spent 20 minutes trying to figure out how to post on this site period, so I’ll be thankful for anywhere it ends up (no clue where the 2 years later comes from).
I’m wondering if anyone else has ever had this issue.
I leased an Elantra two years ago and my traffic citations have been going to Hyundai Finance (I haven’t come across anyone else this has happened to, so I know it isn’t a typical set up - it’s a matter of screwed up paperwork). They have been blindly paying them without questioning their validity and billing me for them
Now whatever it says in my lease regarding this, I don’t even need to pull it out to know what it DOESN’T say. It doesn’t say I waive the rights that come with a citation, i.e. to contest them. It doesn’t say I give anyone power of attorney to admit guilt on my behalf (which is exactly what they’re doing - it says so right on the tickets). I have to question if what they’re doing is even legal.
I wrote a letter - knowing that no one of importance would be at this generic p.o. box address on the envelopes - telling them I am not going to reimburse them a penny for any citation for which I was denied my right to contest. And despite projecting about what lies ahead - collection agencies, credit reporting - I’m not going to budge from that stance.
It irks me how unnecessary this all is. There are date stamps on a couple of the tickets indicating that they just get shuffled from office to office for 2-3 weeks until they’re paid - time during which they could be sending them to me and I could be contesting them (I’m nearly certain two of them I could have gotten dismissed).
I know if I could just get a letter into the hands of someone with the proper combination of authority, reasoning skills and scruples, they’d see what an injustice this is. I just can’t seem to wade through the bureaucracy to find out who that is.
Any lawyers out there who can point me in the right direction?
Apologies for lack of brevity - it’s not my strong suit.