i went to buy a car recently and got hosed. classified ad read "mechanic's lien sale". he claimed the car was mechanically sound and capable of getting me to and from work as needed and the "ac blows cold". first day coming home from work it overheated, fans didn't work, ac didn't work (no ac belt). turns out it had no thermostat, no air filter and when i swapped out the water pump it still overheats. the bill of sale isn't in his name and he did not provide smog certificate and the lien sale documentation doesn't exist. suggestions?
Need more info but you need to know the following:
in California used cars qualify for protection under the used car lemon law only if they are sold with a warranty.
Beginning in 2013, people who buy their used cars at "buy-here, pay-here" car dealerships in California get an extra measure of used-car lemon protection. (Buy-here, pay-here dealerships are a particular kind of used-car business, specializing in older, high-mileage vehicles and catering to consumers who can't qualify for conventional car loans.)
California law requires buy-here, pay-here dealerships to issue 30-day/1,000-mile warranties for the used vehicles they lease or sell. The existence of that warranty also gives buy-here, pay-here customers additional protection under the federal lemon law, the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act.
The seller is required to provide the buyer with a valid smog inspection certification at the time of the sale or transfer. Smog certifications are good for 90 days from the date of issuance.
Smog certifications are not required for transfers that occur for a gasoline powered motor vehicle that is four or less model years old. (Determine the oldest-qualifying year model by subtracting three from the current year) the four or less model years old rule does not apply to diesel powered vehicles. A smog transfer fee will be collected from the new owner.
There is no question you have problems with the car they sold you and you are a victim fraud but need more info to help you
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The first answer is very thorough, but my first course of action would be to make a police report.
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