What to do if we purchase a classic car from a dealership out of state that was not as promised?

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What to do if we purchase a classic car from a dealership out of state that was not as promised?

The vehicle was sold as having power steering. Once we received the vehicle was noted to the dealership that it did not have power steering. We were told to get an estimate for the work and that we would be reimbursed for it. We did as instructed and of course now they will not honor the agreement. I have everything in emails. We tried to dispute it with the credit card company but they couldn’t help us. What can we do?

Asked on December 6, 2012 under General Practice, Pennsylvania

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

You can sue. If there was an agreement to sell you a car with certain features, and the car you received did not have those features, you can enforce the agreement and seek compensation ("damages") for what the car was lacking; similarly, an agreement to reimburse you for the cost of repairing or adding power steeering is also enforceable. The way to enforce these agreements is by filing a lawsuit. If the amount you are seeking is less than, say, $2,000, you may wish to file in small claims court and act as your own attorney, to save on legal fees; for more than that, you may wish to retain an attorney.


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