Blown Enigine 2 hours after of buying. Who pays?


#1

About a week ago I bought a 2002 audi a4 from a privite party in oregon, I live in washingtion. On my way home the bolt between the camshaft and the cam gear snaped. It dumped oil and my oil light came on I pulled over but it was too late. all my valves are bent damaged pullys etc i opted to get a used engine and the cost of it plus labor is $7000. More then Half of what i paid for the car. Who should be stuck with the bill? It snaped due to his timing belt service over tighting the bolts but it was over a year ago.


#2

I think you are stuck. But check your state laws. If you are lucky, you can get the seller to pay part.


#3

If an as-is sale (typically for all private sales) you own it and any repairs incurred.

Bad luck that is all.


#4

Car sales by private individuals do not come with any warranty unless one is expressly stated by the seller. If the owner did not give you a warranty (and they rarely, if ever, do), you are totally liable for the cost of the repairs.

Sorry for the bad news.


#5

An “AS IS” sale means you own the vehicle and all of its inherent problems.
So how is it determined that that someone overtightened the bolts over a year ago and this was the cause of the problem?
Why would oil be dumped because of an alleged improperly tightened bolt?
Sure this not a lack of oil related problem and the entire engine seized up?


#6

sorry,but last guy right your stuck!


#7

I agree with the others, you are stuck, and in this case, I don’t think the seller had any idea of the impending doom.