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I bought a car that is defective and I would like to return it.

Date: 3/14/2017 8:07 AM (PST)

I bought a used Honda car from an individual, trying to insure it the insurance company told me they can't insure it because their record is showing that the vehicle had some defects due to some natural disaster which the owner never told me about. I couldn't insure the vehicle and so therefore I can't use it so I requested to return the car and get my money back but the owner is refusing to take the car back and return my money.

What can I do to get my money back?

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Date: 3/14/2017 10:23 AM (PST)

Hi Martin. It sounds like you purchased the vehicle through a private party. Laws and regulations regarding private party sales vary by state. Typically, private vehicle sales are usually sold on an "as is" basis, unless you have a purchase agreement with the seller that states otherwise. If you have a written contract, the seller must live up to the promises stated in the contract.

When buying a used car, it is typically the consumer’s responsibility to have a vehicle fully inspected by a mechanic of your choice and at your expense to fully check out a vehicle prior to making a purchase. However, you may want to seek legal advice if you feel the seller falsely represented the vehicle or failed to abide by private party sales regulations in the state where you purchased the vehicle. You can search through our Member Directory of Attorneys https://www.checkbca.org/find/category/attorneys-335 and filter by your zip code to locate a legal professional in your area. You can also contact your state Attorney General or other consumer protection agency in your area to find out more about the laws and regulations in your state.

Martin, I would also like to let you know about a new program developed exclusively for consumers called the Consumer Ally program. It was made for a community of consumers who share our mission of protecting people like you from being scammed by promoting first-rate business practices and warning other of scams. It's free to sign up, which you can do here: http://www.checkbca.org/consumer-ally. If you have any questions, please contact me at atingler@checkbca.org. Thank you.

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