Opinion: Did I screw myself over like I think I did?

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  1. SHOYAY

    SHOYAY SHO Member

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    About 2 weeks ago I bought a 94mtx. Saw the car on Craigslist so contacted the owner and texted and spoke with him for quite a while on the car. I bought the car sight unseen, yes I know stupid, had no way cause of work etc to see the car. I live in Western New York and he's eastern new Jersey.
    Asked if needed anything and he said a few little things....he said,a pipe in the middle of the exhaust, driver's seat doesn't go back n forth, and one tire keeps going flat. Asked about rust, said passenger rear quarter showed rust and driver's side rocker top near back door bubbling. Asked for pictures of any rust on body or underneath and he sent me about 10 pics. Only pics sent that had rust were 2 places he described, others looked good places with no rust.
    My dilemma....the car is JUNK basically...won't pass inspection because the rear subframe rotted off, the floors are literally ripping away from inner body of car and also a there's rust holes and rot mixed in...pinch welds are collapsed in on the front due to rust and rot...rockers are virtually gone from rust underneath the mouldings to the pinch weld of the car...also it needs COMPLETE exhaust including the cats, not just a midpipe,both front springs broken, valve covers leaking like a sieve, 2 tires are dry rotted badly, one bad ball joint, various broken interior pieces, and there's other things it needs that can't think of right now.
    Every pic aside from the 2 that showed rust were pics taken just right so as to not show all the rest of the rust and problems it has. And his description was TOTALLY misleading and lies.
    Do I have any recourse against this guy who sold me a junk yard/parts car?! Get my money back for a car that is NOT roadworthy whatsoever? Or am I screwed because I didn't go look at it? Here's a shameful part tho...I paid $2500 for it .
     
  2. Raging Bull

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    Did u just send him the money first ? And then when u had time to go get the car u went ? I’m sure no one was knocking down his door to get the car, I would have went when I could with my money and looked at the car if good I buy if not I fly. Never never buy anything unseen. You know that now anyway. Umm is there a receipt involved ? Does it say anything about sold to u AS IS. if so u are stuck with it. Always could talk to the guy about it see what he has to say maybe say hey the car not as good as you said ask for your money back. I guess doesn’t sound like a stand up guy to me though. Maybe ask for some money back saying car ain’t worth what u were asking. Be kind about it. If he says go away. Then take it on the chin, and lesson learned. Sometimes the best lessons learned hurt a lot. Sucks !
     
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    After about a week of texting and pics and talking about it, bought it. Then had car shipped to me via a haulers company. I sent him pics of the ripped floors, rust, subframe etc and his reply was "didn't know it was that bad. You always had the opportunity to look at it first. Hope things work out with the car"
    I have receipt for the car along with the title and receipt does not say as is.
     
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    Do you have a copy of the original add from Craigslist. Maybe u could use that against him. If it says car was in good condition and of course it’s not. Not really sure the route u can take. Not sure if craigslist has an arbitration clause stating if something is not as it seems u can go after the seller. Hope someone else will chime in with an idea not really sure what to do. Maybe ask a lawyer for some advice. Where in wny are ya ? Maybe Nys state has something on selling false advertising. Just grasping ideas now not really sure what to do next.
     
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    unfortunately, you don't have much of a case. of course, anyone can sue anyone else for any reason they like, but you are not likely to prevail, and you run the risk of the more likely outcome where you spend more $$ on lawyers, court costs, and possibly have to pay the other guy's costs as well.

    in this state, you have the small claims court option, which is pretty low filing fees, don't need lawyers, etc. and some people will just pay some money to avoid having to deal with the pain of the litigation, etc. I don't know if that sort of thing is an option for you in NY/NJ or not but that is the only option I see as having any possibility of helping you rather than hurting you more.
     
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    I’d say part out what you can it’s kinda a stupid moment you had. We all make mistake salvage what money you can the car could help a couple of us with parts and all. Salvage what you want sell the rest. A friend of mine makes mistakes like this all the time. Fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me.
     
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    Don't have original ad from Craigslist, or the ad from sho enthusiast from Facebook, which it was on also. I wonder if the guy is a member from here too...hmmm. I'm near Buffalo. I'd ask a lawyer but they want money just to talk to them.
     
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    Yea, everything I'm finding is it's a crapshoot if I'd get anything back for it.
     
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    Unfortunately I probably will just have to part it out. And I had a MAJOR stupid moment buying it like I did!
     
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    There should be ways to capture the old stuff like people here do to access the old shophoenix stuff.
     
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    I captured as much as I could and texts I received back n forth...not much was available after bought and received
     
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    I did that once too, also from a guy in new york. He sent me all kinds of pictures of the car from years ago. When I recieved it, the rims were badly sprayed, the front was smashed, the interior was trashed and missing gauge pod and radio, and the engine was in pieces (with many things missing). Luckily, there was only one rust hole in the rear floor that I could patch and I had most parts in my inventory to fix it and sell it. I ended up making $6 on it (not including all of the time I spent getting it road worthy). I've had many good long distance transactions on SHOs, but because of this one, I'm leery about ever doing it again. It was even a member on the forum here, but after he got my money, I never heard from him again.
     
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    I wanna say I remember this transaction and how painful it was. We’ve all had bad experiences but enough to know to be EXTRA cautious with these cars. These cars are old and come with ALL the things that come with purchasing old cars.

    I take it as what it is, an old car. I won’t pay over $1500 for ANY SHO unless it’s in concourse condition and if it is I ain’t sending a dime before I see it. Otherwise I count it as money lost or in the case of a good one, a win. Be weary and don’t buy if you can’t afford to lose on ANY old Taurus...
     
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