My daughter asked me to check a 2003 Ford Focus for my grandson. Car has 113K miles on it and had a new Pennsylvania Inspection sticker that is good till January 31, 2018. The car engine and all that checked good. I could not look under the car because snow was piled up so I asked specifically about body rust. The seller pointed me to the rear fenders where there was some slight rust. She said that was the only rust on the car. Given the new inspection sticker I took her word.
Daughter bought the car. They live in New York (20 miles from me). Took the car for New York inspection and the mechanic could not pass it because the entire sub-frame is rusted through - he could poke his fingers through it.
New York inspection and PA Inspection are about the same. My daughter has contacted the PA State Police about the current inspection sticker - there is no way it could have legally passed in PA.
What recourse might my daughter have as far as the $1000 bucks she paid for the car? I am fairly certain the seller had to know the condition.
You could certainly sue him in small claims court - just be prepared to present all your evidence at the hearing.
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