I paid cash for used car from used car parking lot a month ago. I started noticing hard noise during gear change while driving on freeway maybe 5- 6 days after bought. I contacted them and kept getting the run around. I asked one if them to drive it on freeway, something's not right(the check engine light wasn't lit up). Wouldn't do it but also assured me "it'll be alright " the manager at car lot suggested i take it their mechanic. I did, told him the problem and asked if he would drive so maybe understand better at what I'm referring to, no, he just hooked up his reader to car and showed nothing. He said he could give tune up if i go buy the parts at auto store. I said great, I wanted oil change too and he said pick up what's needed for oil change and he'll do that as well. After done working on my car I say are you going to test drive..he said he didn't need to also charged me 75.00 to do job which i had to ask for receipt which he hand written. Well my car runs way worse, check engine light on all the time and these guys are awful to deal with. Please help me. Kim
You need to have the car looked at by a professional , not a salesman trying to avoid paying for anything. In Washington used cars are generally as is and you have to inspect before you pay. A grinding noise during shifting indicates a clutch or transmission problem and a tune up and oil change would have no effect on the clutch or transmission.
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Stop dealing with these guys.
As Mr. Alexander pointed out, if you bought an "as is" car you may be out of luck.
He was also right about getting an INDEPENDENT, COMPETENT, mechanic to look at the car. Once you know what you have you can consider your options. Also, have the mechanic verify that the tune-up and oil change were actually performed. Try to get his opinion in writing.
Unfortunately, you are still liable for the payments while your problems continue. If you stop paying and leave it on the street or in your driveway or any other place they don't have to break into they can have it towed without notice.
Once you have a good mechanic's opinion, consider getting an attorney consult.
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