I bought a 2007 Mercedes E350 from a dealership a week ago and it was sold to me as-is. The camshaft pulley is about break. The vehicle was purchased from a Volkswagen dealership and they told me that they only provide warranties to Volkswagen vehicles only. The car was provided with an inspection report but didn't mention any mechanical issues. I took it to my mechanic because I was hearing a squeaking noise and as soon as he opened the hood he pointed at the problem. The crankshaft pulley is about to break . These repairs could potentially cost me the price of an engine. Do I have any recourse for this issue. It has only been a week for god's sake.
Car / Auto Accident Lawyer
If bought as is you may be out of luck. Call the CA Attorney General's Office and see if they can steer you in the right direction. You may have a claim against the company that prepared the inspection report, since they clearly did not find the obvious problem.
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AS IS is a red flag, but you have to show the dealer knew the engine was about to fail but did not tell you about it. This type of fraud is call concealment. You know now what you should have done before buying the car. I hope you got the car for a low price. Caveat emptor.
Lemon Law Attorney
Depending on what the AD said, what the dealer said and frankly, your inspection report (which could easily be seen at law as a written warranty) you may indeed have some recourse. Feel free to get those documents and all sales and repair documents to my office for a no fee consultation. We handle matters like this statewide.