Q: What should I do if a private dealer sold me a car without telling me it had issues.
I recently bought a kia sorento 2012 from a private dealer. They sold it to me as is with no warranty but did not mention that it had 4 bad tires that were 10 years old and that the oil pan was leaking. It also had 3 recalls on it that they never mentioned. I have had it for literally 10 days and don't know what to do.
Next time you purchase a vehicle, get a prepurchase inspection so you have an idea of what issues the car has BEFORE you buy it.
For the car you bought, if the tires are bad, you just need to get new tires. If there are open recalls, just bring the vehicle to the dealer so they can address the recalls. Regarding oil leak, that's a bit more complicated. On one hand, you bought the car "as is" with the leak and old tires. On the other hand, you may have a claim under the deceptive trade practices act if the seller tricked you or lied to you.
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