I BOUGHT THIS CAR AND THE OWNER GAVE ME A PASSING SMOG CERTIFICATE WITH NO MIL CHECK ENGINE LIGHT BULB IN VECHILE

Asked 7 months ago - Fresno, CA

THE CAR I BOUGHT WAS MAKING A NOISE SO THE OWNER TOOK CAR HAD IT FIXED BROUGHT IT BACK WITH A PASSING SMOG CERTIFICATE. 2 YEARS LATER I GO TO SMOG IT AND IT FAILED FOR NO MIL CHECK ENGINE LIGHT BULB AND GROSS POLLUTER. I TOOK THE INSTRUMENT PANEL OFF AND THERE WAS NO BULB THERE AND FILED A COMPLAINT AGAINST THE SMOG SHOP. BAR TOLD ME THEY WERE SHUT DOWN FOR ILLEGALLY SMOGGING VECHILE AFTER MY CAR WAS SUPPOSELY SMOG. HOW DID IT PASS WITH NO LIGHT BULB EITHER WAY THIS IS GUY COMMITT A CRIME BY EITHER ILLEGALY SMOGGING MY VECHILE OR TAMPERING WITH THE EMMISSIONS CONTROL . WHAT CAN I DO..

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  1. William Nicholas Blasser

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    Contributor Level 13

    Answered . It is a violation of the Vehicle Code to sell a vehicle without its passing a smog test first. If you can prove the vehicle could not really pass a smog test (and it sounds like you might be able to), then the sale was illegal and arguably void. It also sounds like the person who sold the vehicle may have hidden some serious defects from you as well. If you can prove that, you may have a claim for fraud. Under either circumstance you could push to rescind the contract. The issue you may have is that the sale is two years old, so there will be an argument to made that the problems with the vehicle occurred after your purchase. Depending on the amount of your purchase, you might want to file in small claims court. You might also consider contacting an attorney who can draft a demand letter on your behalf. However you proceed, please take action immediately as there are statutes of limitations which preclude you from suing if you take too long. I wish you the best of luck!

    The above is general legal and business analysis. It is not "legal advice" but analysis, and different lawyers may... more

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