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Purchased a vehicle via ebay from Idaho, I am located in

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Purchased a vehicle via ebay from Idaho, I am located in Iowa. Vehicle was represented in immaculate original condition and several questions were asked & answered via email leading me to believe it was in a much better condition than it arrived to me in. The vehicle was also involved in some type of an accident that was not disclosed prior to purchase. Photos were taken from angles to hide the damaged parts of the vehicle. Wondering what my recourse is against the seller? No purchase agreement was signed. Where would I take action against the seller in my county since sale took place here or?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Consumer Protection Law
Expert:  Gerald-Esquire replied 1 year ago.


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Depending on the value of the vehicle you would file a claim for fraud in small claims court. In Iowa the limit is $5,000.00.

This link describes the process in detail:

However, if the seller's only contact with IOWA is this sale it is very likely that the IOWA Courts will not have the necessary personal jurisdiction over the seller. Also you would still need to go to Idaho to enforce any Judgment that you receive because that is where the Seller has any seizable assets.

The limit in Idaho is also $5,000.00. The following will help you with the Idaho process:

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