Not transferring title may not matter much in your case. Also, the extent of your rights may depend on if you bought it from a private person or a car dealer, among a lot of other things. “As Is” can be a hard thing to get around in a used car sale. In Kentucky, your legal rights in a used car sale are mostly determined by the paperwork that you sign, if there was any. But even in an “as is” sale you might get some legal rights anyway. For instance, an oral representation by the seller may over-ride a written disclaimer of warranties. Also, if you were lied to about the engine's condition, that could be fraud and the "as is" aspect may not matter at all if you can prove the lie occurred. None of it will be easy if there is nothing in writing, since it becomes one person's word against another. If not much money is at stake, you may be able to use your local small claims court to get damages from the seller. Still, there is more than one way to get rid of a bad car or to get even when you’ve been ripped off. But you need to talk to a local Lemon Law attorney who deals with this kind of case (it's called "autofraud" or car sales fraud). Don’t call a lawyer who writes wills. Or one who handles criminal cases (even though you probably think the dealer who you bought from is a criminal) because there are special laws that cover car dealers. To find out for sure what your rights are in your state, you need to talk to a local Lemon Law attorney who deals with this kind of case, like Ellen Friedman (502.587.2000) or Ben Carter (502.303.4062). Or you can call your local attorney's Bar Association and ask for a referral to a Lemon Law attorney near you. But act quickly because for every legal right you have, there is only a limited amount of time to actually file a lawsuit in court or your rights expire (it's called the statute of limitations), so don't waste your time getting to a Lemon Law attorney and finding out what your rights are. If this answer was helpful, please give a “Vote Up” review below. And be sure to indicate the best answer to your question so we can all be sure we are being helpful. Thanks for asking and Good Luck.
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