Q: Can I sue to get my money back and give back the car?
I purchased a vehicle from a used car dealer, I asked prior to the purchase if there were any mechanical issues that needed to be addressed sooner rather than later, I was told no the car is perfect. I’ve fixed everything that needed to be repaired. I paid the $3,000 and I drove the car off the lot and less than 10 miles down the road the steering wheel locked up and the brakes went out, then it died. The dealer has since blocked my number and is not returning my calls. I had to have the car towed to my house. What are my legal options in this situation?
A: You need to consult an attorney handling consumer protection matters in person, in order to show the purchase agreement and go through the whole story. One issue is whether you signed an "AS IS" contract (an unwise thing to do). If you did, that would present an obstacle to recovery, though in limited circumstances, an obstacle that could be overcome. An attorney will analyze your situation to determine if there can be claims for breach of contract, fraud, and/or deceptive and unfair trade practices. Also, sometimes an attorney's demand letter will get the dealer to the negotiating table, with dealers sometimes offering to put the consumer into a different vehicle.
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