I have documented proof that the dealer knew that the catalytic converters were not installed/not functional before I bought the car.
A few weeks after I bought the car the engine light came on for catalytic converter efficiency. The dealer said they would take care of it, but did not replace the catalytic converters. They said the car had catalytic converters and that they fixed the issue. I found out that they took the car to an aftermarket shop and modified the computer to disable the engine warning light.
After this the engine failed and the Original manufactuer dealer checked the car and stated that the car did not have catalytic converters and that caused the engine to fail.
You likely have a claim. It may depend on the language in the sales documents, but there is likely a breach of implied warrantee amongst other claims. See an attorney that does business or contract litigation. Happy New Year and good luck!
Do this: Read all the paperwork that you signed with your used car purchase.
If it doesn't answer your question, take that paperwork to a local attorney and ask them for help.
Ask for an attorney specializing in "Lemon Law".
I suspect you have a claim but I would need to see the paperwork. Even when a dealer sells a vehicle "as is," it does not give the dealer a license to lie. If you asked questions about the condition of the car and the dealer only told half-truths, there is probably liability for fraud and deceptive and unfair trade practices. Robert W. Murphy, Rebecca Covey and Jerard Heller are very experience auto fraud attorneys in your area and all have excellent reputations. I wish you the best in the future.
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