Dallas, TX asked in Small Claims for Texas

Q: I bought a car from a lady that told me there was only an issue with the ac. There is way more wrong. Can I sue?

She said the ac needed to be charged and that was the ONLY thing wrong with it. I have had to replace breaks, rotors, a caliper, the ac module is messed up,shocks are out, the power steering pump is leaking, there is a valve leaking, the radiator went out due to whatever work they did on it previously, and the windows don’t roll down in the back. She only stated the ac needed to be charged.

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John Michael Frick
John Michael Frick
  • Frisco, TX
  • Licensed in Texas

A: It depends on the terms and conditions of your sale contract. Most used cars are sold "as-is." If this car was not sold "as-is", the seller may be responsible for any hidden defect that they seller knew about at the time of the sale that a reasonably prudent inspection would not have revealed. If the problems you are experiencing are something that should have been discovered and disclosed to you by your mechanic during his pre-purchase inspection, any claim you may have would lie against the mechanic, unless you disclaimed it in your agreement with your mechanic. If you didn't have a mechanic perform a pre-purchase inspection, you may be charged with knowledge of any defect that a reasonable pre-purchase inspection would have revealed.

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