Bought an 08 Ford f150 from an individual for 17,000. Brought vehicle home and heard an engine noise that wasn't there when testing the vehicle, took to 3 mechanics, it's a $1500-3000 fix depending what else is found in the front end of the motor. All 3 mechanics said this was an ongoing problem that the previous owner had to be aware of as this problem isn't an overnight problem. Do we have any legal recourse to either get the repairs paid for or to return the truck and get our money back?
Possibly, but simply because the mechanic's believe the owner had knowledge of the defects does not mean the seller had actual knowledge of the issues. Also, unless the seller made some specific misrepresentations about the truck not having any mechanical issues, or the contract stipulates the vehicle is in good mechanical conditions you may not have a claim. You bought a used truck and thus would likely be in a buyer beware situation. However, that is not to say there is no remedy if you have more facts that are not presented here, you could always file in small claims. But I would suggest you consult with an attorney in your area about your potential causes of action, or reach out to the seller and see if he is willing to work with you. I wish you the best.
In Pennsylvania, we always check the VIN of a vehicle. I imagine you can do that in Illinois as well, through the Department of Vehicles. You should be ale to get some history of the vehicle relating to whether it was involved in any accidents. Also, if there is an inspection sticker on the automobile, contact the place that provided the service and see if they can give you any information. I would consult with an attorney, if you cannot reach an amicable settlement with the seller.
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