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Wondering what our rights are when buying a vehicle from a…

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Wondering what our rights are when buying a vehicle from a private seller.

Lawyer's Assistant: What state is this in? And how old is the car?

Washington State and its a 2006 Chrysler 300.

Lawyer's Assistant: Has anything been filed or reported?

That's what we attempted to do today. The car was purchased in Nov. 4, 2017 and tabs expired in Dec. I tried to purchase the tabs on line however I was unable to since the title had not been transferred yet. We went to a local licensing office only to find out that there is a $125 penalty fee due to the time lapse between date of sale and today (my fault) and in addition the car needs an emissions test. The service person assisting us informed us that the car had NOT passed the emissions test prior to purchase and we would have to go get emissions done, take the failed receipt to a mechanic, pay $150 for a waiver then return to the registration office to pay $649 to make the car legal. The service person at the registration office suggested to get a new "bill of sale" and change the sale date to avoid the penalty fee. So we are trying to figure out how to contact the seller for that but I would like him to also pay for the $150 mechanic fee should the car fail emissions again since he did not disclose that information upon purchase.

Lawyer's Assistant: When we are ready I'll take you to the appropriate web page.

My contact information is: ************ ************* email: *************

Lawyer's Assistant: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?

Not that I can think of now.

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WA does not impose an affirmative obligation on the seller to ensure the car will pass emission testing unless the contract specifically states that;

If the seller represented the car was in a certain condition and the facts indicate otherwise, the buyer may sue for breach of contract and misrepresentation; normally damages are those that are reasonably foreseeable and proximately caused- so for example, the cost of getting the car in the condition in which it was represented or per the terms of the contract.

Otherwise if there are no representations then normally the buyer beware doctrine (caveat emptor) applies.

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