What can I do if I bought a used car from a small dealer and was told that all repairs would be made for the cost of the parts with no labor charged but now he refuses to do any work?

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What can I do if I bought a used car from a small dealer and was told that all repairs would be made for the cost of the parts with no labor charged but now he refuses to do any work?

Asked on July 1, 2015 under Business Law, California

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 6 years ago | Contributor

If there was an agreement, even an oral (sometimes called verbal) one that in exchange for buying the car, repairs would be done for the parts cost only but now the seller refuses to do that, you could sue him for breach of contract, to recover the cost of any repairs you had to pay for. If you believe he lied at the time he made the promise (as opposed to changing his mind later), you could also sue him for fraud (misrepresenting, or lying about, something important to get you to buy the car), which again could give you grounds to recover compensation, such as the cost of repairs--or potentially even rescind the transaction (return the car, get your money back). Bear in mind, however, that if there was nothing in writing, it will be your word against his as to what was promised, so it may be difficult to win a court case.


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