Can I return a car to a private seller?

I bought a car with a clean NV title. I
later found that it had been declared a
total loos due to theft in Utah. Nevada
originally issued a branded title in his
name, but this guy somehow got them
to issue a clean title. The car also
needed the onboard computer to be
reset in order to be smog checked. I
had to do a drive cycle. When I did,
the check engine light came. Smog
check guy said it looked like the battery
had need disconnected in order to
override the check engine light
temporarily. Do I have any recourse?

Asked on March 2, 2019 under Business Law, Nevada

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 1 year ago | Contributor

You can sue him for fraud: for miserepresentating (lying about or concealing) important facts known to him, such as the nature of the title, the prior theft, and the override of the onboard computer, in order to get you to buy the car. Fraud provides a basis to void, or undo, a contract: you would return the car and get your money back.


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