Last summer, I purchased a used car under the impression that it may need minor repairs. Turns out, it can likely never be registered or pass an inspection because of absurdly expensive repair costs. Now, the [niceman] who sold it to me refuses to refund anything. I want my money back.
June 2009, I was shopping (in Edmonton, Alberta) for cars with my dad and I eventually came across [usedcardearlership]. At first glance it appeared that [owner] only dealt with newer, more expensive cars than I was looking for. But, after asking him if he had anything quite a bit cheaper than the cars out front, he said that he did just receive a 1995 Volkswagen Jetta on a trade-in. We went around back to the detailing bay where the car was parked and took a look at it. It was obviously dirty, inside and out, but there weren't any major noticable problems other than minor rust and the front driver-side door was a little off. We went back inside to ask if we could take it for a drive, and [owner] acknowledged that it was not in prime condition, and that there was a problem with the front suspension, likely the ball joints. While driving the car, we did notice that the front suspension was swishy and bumpy, but the rest of the car seemed to be in running order.
We then offered to buy the car and negotiated to a price of $1,100 after [owner] indicated that he would be able to invest about $1,500 in the vehicle and sell it for about $3,500. There was no mention of any other issues with the car, but he did mention that it was from Ontario. After getting an out of province inspection we found out that the car cannot and can likely never be registered in Alberta due to major structural concerns with the floor pans (rust) which would cost around $6000 to $7000 to replace (according to the inspector).
We approached [owner] to get our money back, as the vehicle cannot be registered, but he indicated that he wouldn’t refund the money and that this was a risk we took when we agreed to buy the car from him and that the only thing he can do is to sell it at an auction and pass the selling proceeds to us. We have inquired a few times with him about the auction and he has indicated that he hasn’t had the time to get this done.
I have lost a considerable amount of money to this affair and AMVIC
has refused to pursue an investigation. Should I try to settle with [owner] in small claims court or approach him in some other way? Do I have have a chance at getting my money back at all?