I was just sold a car by a dealer in CT, who reset the car's computer to make it appear the car's warning lights were not triggered, for fear it would turn me off from the purchase. (check engine lights, brake failure lights etc. have a reset button that will temporarily turn off the cars warning lights while the car's computer runs a fresh diagnostic, thereby, temporarily hiding known problems with the car)
After purchasing the vehicle, I drove only 10 miles away from the dealer at highway speeds to find out that the entire brake system was faulty, as the lights signaling break failure were triggered. To fix it would cost $2700. More importantly, by hiding the fact that the car had bad breaks, they could have killed me (says my mechanic and owner's manual).
It turns out the light that would have shown up, had they not used a trick to hide it, would have notified me that the brake system was faulty and the car was not safe to drive.
The dealer also, used false advertising to bait and switch
me to make a 7 hour round trip drive to their dealership, only to show me the car they advertised was not the car they had for me.
The car was sold to me for just under $10k, but as far as I know, does not qualify for lemon law protection in CT because it was manufactured in 2006.
I live in NY where the car is now. Can I file in NY or does it have to be CT? Federal Court
or State Court? Are there any time sensitive procedural matters I should know about?
Based on these facts, and any questions you might have, would you say this is a case worth pursuing? What theories would you suggest pursuing? Any relevant statutes I should know about before calling them to negotiate?