The majority of auto fraud cases that land in my lap go something like this. The buyer test drives the car and hears a knock or notices a smell or sees some smoke. The dealer promises to fix the problem, but leaves the purchase documents an "As-Is" sale. If questioned, the dealer says not to worry about the documents, they promise to fix any problems. Shortly after the buyer takes the car, it breaks down. The dealer suddenly forgets the oral promise, or takes the car for a couple of days and gives it back unfixed.
What you need to know is that a written contract cannot be modified by an oral promise. The contract states the car was sold "As-Is" and you're out of luck. It's your word against the dealer's word.
Lesson learned: Do not rely on a dealer's oral promises. Ask yourself, why wouldn't the dealer have fixed the problem before selling the car? Think to yourself, if the dealer is really going to stand behind its promises then why wouldn't the dealer put its promises in writing?
It's nice to trust people. Only trust people who have first earned it.
Alicia L. Hinton, Esq.
Where troubles melt like lemon drops.
Law Office of A.L. Hinton