If we bought a used car from an individual but the engine blew up within a week and the seller is a mechanic, what are our options?

UPDATED: Aug 13, 2012

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If we bought a used car from an individual but the engine blew up within a week and the seller is a mechanic, what are our options?

My sister had purchased a truck from an indivdiual, who also runs a automotive shop. They did not even have it a week and 100 miles when the entire engine blew. During the time of sale the individual said that if something were to ever happen to the vehicle to tell him and he would look at it and work something out. He was contacted and said he was on his way but never arrived and is now not answering calls. Does this fall under the Unfair and Deceptive Acts and Practices law? What are our options here?

Asked on August 13, 2012 under General Practice, Missouri


FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

If the seller of the vehicle that you are wriitng about knew that there was an issue with the vehicle's engine and failed to disclose this material issue to you before the sale, he or she concealed a material fact which would be actionable under common law as "fraud" and under the "Unfair and Deceptive Acts and Practices Law". The damages would be the costs of repair or possible rescission of the purchase where you would get your money back in exchange for the return of the car.

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