Tucson, AZ asked in Civil Litigation for Arizona

Q: Can I bring a Craigslist seller to small claims court for a car sale?

Hi Sirs/Maams,

I bought a car off Craigslist. The private seller says the engine has been rebuild 20,000 miles ago and the car runs great.

I bought it and 3 days later the engine died. My mechanic says I will have to put a new engine in or scrap the car. He is convinced the engine has NOT been rebuild.

As expected, the seller is not willing to return my money. Can I take him to small claims court and do I have a chance of winning?

Thank you

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1 Lawyer Answer
Peter H. Westby
Peter H. Westby
  • Scottsdale, AZ
  • Licensed in Arizona

A: Yes, you can file suit in the small claims court so long as your claim is $3500.00 or less. It is impossible to give you an answer as to your chances of winning with the information you provided. You will need to prove that your seller misrepresented the facts to you. With your mechanic's testimony you appear to have evidence of this. But the seller may also have some evidence in his favor.

Tim Akpinar agrees with this answer

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