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Did he have the car inspected by his own mechanic?
Was the verbal agreement for $650 ever made in writing?
Thank you for the additional information. I am sorry to hear of your dilemma. I realize how frustrating this is for you and I hope to provide you information which is accurate and useful, even though it may not be the news you were hoping to get.
Your husband can file a consumer complaint with the Texas Attorney General's Office. Sometimes a call from the AG will sometimes motivate a car dealer to provide better customer service rather than risk action against their license.
Unfortunately, when you purchase a car as-is you are basically letting the seller off the hook for any maintenance problems which may exist at the time of the sale or may develop shortly after. Assuming the seller has not fraudulently switched out equipment or rolled back the odometer, they have no liability to you for any problems with the vehicle once you drive it off the lot.
I realize this is probably not the answer you were hoping to receive. Also, please remember that this is not necessarily a moral judgement on my part. As a professional, however, I am sometimes placed in the position of having to deliver news which is not favorable to a customer's legal position, but accurately reflects their position under the law. I hate it, but it happens and I only ask that you not penalize me with a bad or poor rating for having to deliver less than favorable news.
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