In November 2011 I became homeless, and needed somewhere to store a vehicle ( BMW 750i) that was under restoration. A young mechanic friend offered to keep it in his carport for up to 12 months. I traveled from Victoria to Queensland seeking work, and to visit my sick father, then returned to Melbourne in January 2012. At that time the friend offered to buy the car and we agreed on a price of $4000 and since he had been so kind as to store the vehicle I also offered him time to pay it off. I also stated uncategorically that I needed regular payments, since I was still fairly broke. I then did a Heavy Combination (i.e. semi-trailer) driving course and left Melbourne in May 2012 seeking work in the seasonal sugar cane haul. After receiving no payments for 12 months I threatened legal action in Feb 2013, to which my "friend" replied that he had spent a fortune on the car, that it had had an electrical fire and been destroyed, and that he had called a wrecker and sold it to them around April 2012 "at no profit to him." He would not provide the name of the wrecker, and contact with police revelead that, because the vehicle had never been registered in my name, they could not puruse the matter. I also find that VCAT do not handle such cases, and that I will need to employ a lawyer to recover my money in court. Questions follow: 1. What are the likely costs to pursue this, given that the mechanic friend's address and job are no longer known to me, and that he will need to be found first in order to serve papers? 2. What are the likely results of such a case, given that - as I now discover - he has a habit of wrecking other people's vehicles and taking zero responsibility?