Q: Bougth a used car from a privite seller. He lied about what was wrong with it and have prof. Anything I can do?
I purchased a used vehicle from a private seller. The check engine lights were on when buying the car, and he informed me it was the car struts. He told me if I replaced them, that would fix the problem. He also said there was a warranty on the vehicle. So I bought the car and replaced the struts. After replacing the struts the check engine lights reminded on. I then took the car to the dealership. The dealership's mechanic informed me the seller had already brought the car in. The seller was told the timing chain was bad and the engine had metal shavings inside. The mechanic told the seller the warranty wouldn't cover it. So the seller knew the engine was bad and timing chain. So the seller lied about the car. He also texted me saying "I'm willing to go half on expenses with you guys from the dealership," and "I can give you half of what the amount will be back" I haven't gotten it fixed yet because he has been dodging me. Is there anything I can do? Thank you
Most used cars are sold as-is. When you purchase a car “as-is” that means you are not relying on anything the Seller may have told you about the condition of the car.
But if this one wasn’t sold as-is, you likely can sue the Seller for fraud to recover the cost of repair as well as potentially exemplary damages.
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