Date: 30 Apr 2004 02:40:11 -0700
From: (jitney)
Subject: Re: Small claims court due to odometer fraud?

"=> Vox Populi " <> wrote in message news:<9uekc.271$>... > Jason wrote: > > I bought a car two weeks ago. I thought i inspected the car pretty > > well. it's a 1995 Saab 900S with 75,000 miles on it.... or so i > > thought. while cleaning the car and after careful inspection of the > > dashboard, i noticed there was a little piece of black tape over the > > odometer where normally it would register the 100,000 mile mark. so > > instead of it reading 175,000 miles, it reads 75,000 miles. > > > > the seller put an ad in the the newspaper that says it has 70K miles > > on it, and he was present at the signing and I said to the clerk that > > the car had 75K miles on it, while he was there and he didn't say > > anything. so i'm pretty sure he knew he was selling me a car with > > false miles on it. he was the first owner of the car, so he > > definitely did this to the car. > > Odometer fraud is a felony, both under Federal law and most State laws. > Turn him in to the District Attorney's office for criminal prosecution. > > > > > I want to call him, but i also want to take a deep breath before i do > > anything. should i yell at him until he gives me some money back for > > it? by the way, i paid $1950 for the car, but at the auto tags place > > we only told them i paid $1750 to save on taxes. > > So you commited tax evasion. > > > > I also did a carfax on the car after i noticed the small piece of > > black tape over the odometer and the carfax is clean except for now it > > says there's an odometer problem. so i'm going to have problems > > selling the car now. it definitely devalued the car.(snip) Getting a judgement in small claims court is one thing, collecting on it is another. Going to law enforcement authorities may get the seller in trouble and get you some emotional satisfaction, but probably not any money. Then there is the problem of your own fraud in lying to the authorities about the sale price, which could get you in trouble. Chinese proverb: "Before you seek vengeance, first dig two graves." My suggestion is that you leave it alone.-Jitney

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