I called the seller & negotiated a cash price. we agreed to meet at my bank to check out & test drive the car & if I purchased the car, he wanted to be present at the withdrawal to make sure it was legit money I was giving him. The car was immaculate & looked beautiful. I checked out the interior & exterior but didn't look under the hood nor did I bother to test drive it. I just took his word that it was good. we went in to the bank, gave him his money, signed an "as is" receipt, and drove away. the next day it was making a noise so I took it in to a shop & was told the car is a piece of junk! I called the seller to demand my money back but he told me he was not aware of anything mechanically wrong with the car, He said I bought it voluntarily and it is now my car. what can I do?
#AutoFraud #RipOff #SmogIssues
You have a LOT of problems, as you did little to no inquiry in to the vehicle's condition and you have to protect yourself BEFORE these things happen. Make sure you have a copy of the advertisement and IF you can pin a good lie upon the seller, you may have a claim. If it's under 10,000 dollars, you go to small claims court. Make sure from here forward you only write to seller so, the responses will also be in writing and saved. It's possible that seller did not smog it? If so, that could be your golden ticket as seller MUST smog before selling, no ifs ands or buts. Good luck with it.
IF the car won't pass smog test, you can certainly recover whatever it costs to make it pass. But as for other areas since you bought the car AS IS, took a test dive and had opportunity to check it out, other problems with the car are going to unfortunately be on you, unless there is some fraud you can prove, such as Seller claims car was not in accident and in fact it was. In any case I recommend you call attorney Kaufman since this is his practice area and if anyone can get you out of the sale he can.
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