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Even if the warranties have expired, you likely still have claims for negligent misrepresentation, fraud, and constructive fraud, which is governed by a three (3) year statute of limitations. N.C. GEN. STAT. § 1-52(5) (2011) (negligent misrepresentation); N.C. GEN. STAT. § 1-52(9) (2011) (fraud). However, a claim for negligent misrepresentation “does not accrue until two events occur: first, the claimant suffers harm because of the misrepresentation, and second, the claimant discovers the misrepresentation.” Barger v. McCoy Hilliard & Parks, 346 N.C. 605, 666, 488 S.E.2d 215, 224 (1997).
So, you'd likely have 3 years from the time you discovered the concealed damage caused by the accident to sue for damages.
You can discuss these options with a local lawyer and see where you stand....also, you should consult the first lawyer to met with and ask why he elected not to take the case......as there may be some issue with the contract or something you agreed to that you're unaware of.....which may affect your rights to sue or what you can claim.