What to do if I bought a car from a dealer and 2 days later I had it inspected and found out that the brakes were at 2mm and it’s illegal to sell it to me like that?

It was an “as is” sale however. Also, now the A/C compressor is broken. Can I file a lawsuit against them?

Asked on September 19, 2012 under General Practice, California


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Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

Under the laws of all states in this country the seller of an item is required to disclose to all potential buyers all known matters that may affect desirability or price paid regardless of an "as is" condition of sale. If you can demonstrate that the car dealership knew before the sale of the problems that you now have with the vehicle, you would be entitled to the costs of your repairs.

One option is to make a complaint against the car dealership with your local department of motor vehicles. This entity fields complaints from consumers against car dealerships and investigates such complaints. 

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