Clinton Township, MI asked in Products Liability and Consumer Law for Michigan

Q: Purchased a used vehicle 11/23/22, problems arose after further research about the vehicle history. Can I get a refund?

Seller said nothing wrong with vehicle. Said the trans was rebuilt and had a recent oil change. Upon further inspection AFTER the purchase, break lights don’t work, tailgate sticks/doesn’t stay up, battery needs to be replaced, needs O2 sensor, replace ABS control module, original VIN mismatching/missing, too many to list. It’s a 2006 Jeep grand cherokee I purchased for my daughter for $4950. I paid $4950, retail value says $3300 according to carfax. I just want my money back. I don’t trust this vehicle or seller. Too shady. Thank you for your time.

1 Lawyer Answer
Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
  • Grand Rapids, MI
  • Licensed in Michigan

A: Unlikely. Is this a private seller? This is a classic caveat emptor situation: until the point where money and title changed hands, you had the ability to investigate, and either negotiate for a lower price or walk away. Unless the seller warranted, guaranteed, or promised you something, I think you might be stuck.

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