I know there’s nothing I can do about this from a legal standpoint, but I guess I just want to know how angry I should be.
Three weeks ago I bought a 2006 Pontiac Vibe with 160k on it. The guy seemed on the level, if maybe just a little too anxious to sell (he took my first offer without haggling at all). I drove the thing to work for a week, and then took it on a 500 mile round trip road trip. Except for a minor and easily fixed problem with the taillights, it did great. Then, yesterday, the oil light came on; I pulled over immediately, and shut off the engine. I checked the oil and the level was fine, so I had it towed back into town. Today my mechanic tells me that the engine is seized up completely, he suspects an engine bearing was the culprit.
I’m still trying to decide if I want to sink almost as much as I paid for the car into an engine replacement, but that’s not my question. What I want to know is, how likely is it that the seller knew there was a problem? I find it really hard to believe there was no warning at all before yesterday, but he insists he didn’t know.