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Tags: used car sales, private sale, warranty, car, car broke down
I purchased a total clunker knowing it had issues but told it's totally reliable-ugly car but will get me where I need to go. I only need something to last a few months but it broke down two days later. The seller manages a Jiffy Lube and falsified safety and emissions to sell it to me. I was advised to report the Jiffy Lube station but I don't want to screw over the owner, just squeeze the man who scammed me and refused to refund my money and take the car back. Do I have any legal options here? I'm an uneducated about cars female who continually gets ripped off.
Angelaja, Although the seller works at a Jiffy Lube station, this is considered a private sale which are usually "as is" sales, meaning no warranty was implied or covered by the seller. Unfortunately, it is the buyers responsibility to have any vehicle whether is from a dealer or private sale, fully inspected to ensure reliability before signing a contract or making a purchase. However, any vehicle purchased should have "reasonable use" and if it only lasted two days, you may have a civil case to take to take the seller to court but keep in mind, it may be a difficult and expensive road to take and it may just serve you best to accept this as a lesson learned for any future vehicle purchases. Here's some information regarding "as is" vehicle sales http://www.businessconsumeralliance.org/Tips/Auto/USED-CAR-WARRANTIES-IMPLIED-WARRANTIES-AND-%22AS-IS%22-SALES-157
Angelaja, Jiffy Lube would have no liability in this case. You can sue the guy who sold you the car in Small Claims Court based on his falsification of the cars condition. This is very simple and can be done for a small fee. Look up the court where the seller resides on the Internet and fill out the forms.
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