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Buyer unable to get tag for used car

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A northwest Jackson man is having trouble buying a tag for a used car he bought.

Ted Blackmon bought the car in July from Brent's Used Cars on Highway 80.

The car is a 1999 Mercury Cougar two door hardtop, with 150,000 miles on it. It has damage to the right front fender and hood.

Blackmon agreed to pay $4,500 for the car, $600 down and $200 a month until it was paid off.

The average trade-in price for the car, according to the National Association of Automobile Dealers, is $425. The retail value for one in extra clean condition is $3,125. Blackmon bought the car in July, but only after receiving four tickets for not having a proper tag.  So, he decided to buy a tag for it this month.

He said he couldn't get the tag because the tax collector thought the car was stolen.

Blackmon said, "I can't get no tag for it. They said the car was hot. Stolen, the car was stolen? yeah. That's what they told me."

WLBT checked the vehicle identification number with Carfax and Edmunds.com and discovered one digit of the 17-digit number was wrong. What we thought was the number "one" was actually the letter "L."

When we checked it in Mississippi, there was no such car here. But, we found it in Florida on a 1999 Mercury Cougar, and it was not stolen.

Blackmon, meantime, has decided he doesn't want the car and wants his money back.

WLBT talked by phone with the man who sold Blackmon the car, James Brent.

Brent said, "when I get back I will straighten that out."

He correctly assured WLBT the car was not stolen.

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