I explained to the seller that I need a car that is safe, reliable for my family and so I can look for employment. He said he was selling his car to make space for his new one. He said this car was loaned to a friend and it in good shape. He also allowed me to talk to his friend who said it just needed shocks. The car was driven 1 hour to get to my house. I drove the car down the road and saw that the check engine light was on. The seller said it because he changed the battery and it needs to be reset. After signing the title and paying him $1500, I noticed the title had a different name on it. I asked about it and he said it's his sons car. The next day I took the car to a mechanic and he found $3700 of repairs that is needed. The mechanic said the car is not going to pass safety inspection nor will it pass emissions inspection. I told the seller what is going on with the car. I will bring the car back to him and I want my money back. He is not saying no but he isn't saying yes either. He keeps saying he didn't know about the repairs. He also said if I didn't want to pay for the repairs I need to buy a new car.
Normally, transactions like this between two private individuals are considered "as is". However, this whole transaction seems somewhat fishy and may be fraudulent in some way for example, the multiple individuals involved and the affirmative apparently false statements concerning the "check engine" light etc. If he won't return your money, you can sue him in small claims court for the $1500.00 and let the judge sort it out.
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