What can I do about a car lot that sold me a vehicle without a catalytic converter ?
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Assuming the vehicle in question was purchased used, everything depends on the terms and conditions of the sale. Used vehicles are commonly sold "as-is," meaning what-you-see-is-what-you-get with no promises or representations. Sometimes a seller will include some kind of warranty. If so, the terms of the warranty control any future obligation on the part of the seller. Although federal law requires all new vehicles to have "cats," what the law requires when a cat is removed or stops working is far less clear. Only certain jurisdictions in Idaho even require a vehicle to have a working cat and the conpiance responsibility is on the owner/consumer through the emissions testing porgram. Car dealers in Idaho are licensed by the state. To learn what obligations the state imposes on used car dealers, contact the dealer licensing section of the Deaprtment of Motor Vehicles.
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