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Fraud is defined differently in different jurisdictions but, in essence, it is an intentional misrepresentation concerning a material fact upon which you relied to your detriment. In other words, if a dealership "knew" that there was an open recall on your vehicle and told you the vehicle was in good operation condition (thereby implying that there were no mechanical problems of which an open recall w
Would be considered, and you purchased the jeep in reliance on the statement of good mechanical condition, then you have relied to your detriment on the dealers misrepresentation of a material fact. It sounds like the vehicle has more mechanical problems than the ignition recall issue.
Fraud hinges upon the affirmative statements made by the dealer about material facts of which they had actual knowledge. This supports the intentional element needed for fraud.