You may be able to get back more than just money you put into the car -- namely, rescission along with potentially additional compensation known as punitive damages. I suggest you contact a local consumer law attorney that hAndles dealer fraud cases. Good luck.
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Although you have delayed in pursuing a case, if you have proof that the dealer knew about the accidents and failed to disclose them to you, you may file a claim now to rescind the sale based on the nondisclosures. The dealer might be able to defend such a claim by arguing that even if there were nondisclosures about the accidents, they were not material because you have been able to operate the car for the past two and a half years. Punitive damages in New York would not be available in such a case unless the dealer's nondisclosure was wilful and part of a pattern of similar conduct directed at the public generally.