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Buying a car in California is different than other states. When you sign the sales contract, the dealership is your lender. The dealership then has 10 days to find another bank to buy the loan. If it doesn't, then it can cancel the agreement. However, after the 10 days, it is a valid contract and you would have to make your payments to the dealer.
This is a separate issue from the mechanical operations of the vehicle. Your ability to pursue the dealer for mechanical issues depends in part on what sort of warranty the dealer gave you. Did you buy the vehicle AS IS?
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Sorry to hear about your dilemma. If the check engine light came on the same day of the purchase, this strongly suggests there was an existing problem when you purchased it. If that is the case and the dealership knew about it then it should have disclosed it to you prior to the sale...and its failure to do so under those circumstances would arguably violate California statutory and common law and entitle you to rescind the transaction (as well as recover other damages). As for the validity of the contract in light of the loan not yet being assigned...I believe the failure to have the loan assigned to a lender as of yet will not void the transaction. Feel free to give me a call for a free consultation to discuss your case in further detail. I wish you luck!
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