I should have stated that I bought from a private person. Does this change the situation? Thanks
Lies by a private seller are just as bad as lies by a car dealer. Your documents will be important to prove your case. If they won't pay for the repairs or refund your money, consider filing a claim in court. It would be wise to talk to a local Consumer Law attorney so you can find out your rights for sure and how to use your local court system yourself too
thanks for the advice. I called the person and explained to him the situation. I told him I did not want to take him to small claims court but I would unless he helped pay for half of the repairs.
He took some time to think about it but has agreed to pay for half the cost of the repair.
Thanks for the advice. I've learned a lesson too :)
It's nice to hear things get worked out on their own when reasonable people talk about their differences. Helping that happen is part of what we do too.
In Missouri, there is a statute called the Merchandising Practices Act. This statute prohibits the use of deception, fraud, false pretenses, false promises, misrepresentations, unfair practices, or concealment concerning any material fact in connection with the sale of merchandise.
It sounds like your situation is the very type of transaction which the Merchandising Practices Act was designed to punish.
Keep in mind that the most money you can recover in Small claims court is $5,000. Also, under the merchandising practices act, a victim of a fraudulent practice can sometimes receive an award of punitive damages.
Luke makes a great point about using your small claims court yourself - think about that