I’m in Texas and bought a car on a good faith estimate. It actually has engine damage. Do I have a court case?

I bουɡһt a car wіtһ 198k miles 9 days ago, аחԁ οח tһе 3rd day tһе oil pressure light came οח. I wаѕ tοƖԁ tһаt аƖƖ tһе car needed wаѕ ѕοmе חеw tires. Tһіѕ wаѕ through a private sale, аחԁ I wουƖԁ Ɩіkе tο know wһаt mу rights аrе іח Texas. I took tһе car tο a reputable shop wһеrе I live, аחԁ tһеу tοƖԁ mе I need tο replace tһе engine bесаυѕе tһеrе іѕ knocking – a sign οf significant engine ԁаmаɡе, аחԁ tһеу ѕау tһіѕ doesn’t happen overnight. I bουɡһt tһе car fοr $2400, οr wһаt tһе car wаѕ worth іח ɡοοԁ condition. Now, tһе car іѕ worth maybe $1,000, аחԁ іt needs аbουt $1500 minimum worth οf work. Cаח I ɡеt a partial refund frοm tһе seller tο pay fοr tһе cost οf replacing tһе engine, οr a full refund? If һе refuses tο work wіtһ mе οח аח out-οf-court basis, саח I sue һіm fοr omitions іח һіѕ ɡοοԁ faith estimate? Dο I һаνе a case tһаt wουƖԁ hold up іח court? I һаνе written documention wіtһ mileage οf wһеח I took tһе car tο tһе shop, along wіtһ һοw many miles I drove іt before tһе problems bеɡаח.

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9 Responses to “I’m in Texas and bought a car on a good faith estimate. It actually has engine damage. Do I have a court case?”

  • Chameleon316:

    If they did not tell you nothing about it you absolutely do!

  • webkinz fan:

    well it all depends if they told you about it you can have a argument about the price but don’t go to court unless they tried to hide it then you can sew them for a free car and new engine

    good luck

  • Izzy! <3:

    it’s a breech of contract, if they didn’t inform you at the time of purchasing, because the consideration came too late, you would need to get a lawyer to finalise this all for you though.

  • kemar G:

    you cant sue him for anything because he didnt do anything against the law. the judge will just tell you it was your falt. and why would you buy a car with 200k miles

  • john s:

    i dont think you have a case the lemon law would only go back so far it depends on year state laws did you buy it from within state and are you willing to lose even more money to get that back you will spend far more money on court and lawyer fees than you would be rewarded unless you can get on judge judy what a bitch

  • GSXRRider:

    Technically in court you would have to prove they new about this. To do this they would have to admit it in court….not likely.

    I would contact the seller and tell them what happened and ask that they compinsate some, 1/2
    , or all the amount. If they do great. If not; you are on your own.

    You can take them to court and that alone might motivate them to give money. The last thing you want to do is get hostile, they goal is to get your money and if they are fighting with you because you come accross hostile they will never pay. they will just dig in and say F him.

  • Gerald:

    Don’t waste your time — you bought the car AS IS — no guarentees or warrentees. Don’t harrass the previous owner — jail time… Next time you purchase a car — take it to the garage and have the mechanic make a list then pay the $150 for the quality inspection…

  • bobe:

    Used car purchases are governed by the Deceptive Trade Practices a Consumer Protection Act. You need to check the current laws in your state as they do vary from State to State. According to Federal law purchasing a used vehicle from a private party is considered being sold “as is” (without any warranty). Consumers should closely inspect the tires, suspension, engine, drive train, steering, brakes, and interior. In fact, it is probably wise to have a mechanic conduct the inspection. Failure to do so could leave you accepting full responsibility of any and all mechanical problems such as what you’re facing right now. According to the Texas Attorney General’s Office, problems associated with repairing an automobile consistently rank as the number one consumer complaint. Texas does not have a comprehensive law specifically governing car repairs, but the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices a Consumer Protection Act includes several sections dealing with repairs. Under the Act, it is illegal for an auto repair dealer to: 1) knowingly make false or misleading statements about the need for parts, replacement, or repair service; 2) falsely represent that work or services have been performed on a car, or that parts have been replaced; (3) claim that replacement parts are original or new when in fact they are used, second-hand, or refurbished; (4) advertise goods or services with the intent not to sell them as advertised. When selecting a repair shop, a consumer may wish to contact the Better Business Bureau or the Office of the Texas Attorney General to ask if anyone has complained about the shops the consumer is considering. I would suggest that you try and come to some sort of settlement out of court. If all else fails, you could file under small claims court but you would certainly have your work cut out for yourself especially since it does look like the laws say “sold as is” and that means the buyer accepts all responsiblity.

  • geezuskreyest:

    Not to mention the court fees will eat into the money you need to repair the car. Don’t get a new engine because some damn mechanic said so! What was the basis of his decision?

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