If i buy a car from someone who mislead me to believe it was in good condition can i sue?

Asked over 1 year ago - Firebaugh, CA

all the guy said was that it needed new tires and tags thats it. it turned out that the ac was leaking, the engine was burning oil and the clutch is messing up. also the stereo doesnt work, which he said it only needed to be connected, but it doesnt have the wiring to get it connected. the trunk lid wont stay open.

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  1. Scott Richard Kaufman


    Contributor Level 20


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    Answered . Probably. It's a small claims case if under $10,000.00 and you can bring that on your own in the area where the seller lives.


  2. Athina Karamanlis Powers


    Contributor Level 17


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    Answered . I Agree with attorney Kaufman .also I miss facts here. When where how are important issues

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  3. Joshua Charles Anaya

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    Answered . Did you buy the vehicle from a dealer? Or from a private party?

    If it was from a dealer, what sort of warranty did you get? Was anything in writing? Unfortunately, buying a used vehicle in California can be precarious. You should probably have an attorney review the transaction to see what laws were broken, if any, during the transaction.

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  4. William Nicholas Blasser


    Contributor Level 13

    Answered . Your message indicates the seller knew about pre-existing problems and did not disclose them. If that is the case he had a duty to disclose those problems and his failure to do so arguably constitutes fraud. Did you purchase the car from a private seller or a dealership? That will be a pretty big factor into whether you pursue this matter in small claims court or superior court. Also, how long after the purchase did the problems you mention show up? If they showed up shortly after the purchase that will help your case. If you would like to discuss this further, I invite you to call me for a free consultation. Good luck with this.

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