Hello again, Lisa, and thank you for clarifying that for me.
I have to agree with you about not wanting to purchase a vehicle which was previously on fire.
Normally, when a vehicle is purchased "as is", the rule of thumb is "buyer beware" and it is always best to have it inspected by a reputable mechanic and run a fax report on your own rather than relying on anything the dealer provides you.
However, where a dealer intentionally misrepresents the condition of the vehicle, including falsifying documents, that would typically constitute fraud, which would provide grounds to terminate the contract and sue for damages, including punitive damages, which can be very significant.
Since you live out of state, it would be best to retain an OH consumer protection attorney to represent you this matter.
If you do not wish to retain an attorney, then you could file complaints with the BBB and state consumer protection agency
in an attempt to resolve the matter through those processes.
Here is a link to file a consumer protection complaint:
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