No recourse for private party buyers??
We just bought a Honda Odyssey from a private party (a minister at that). We had the car 2 days and the engine light came on. Mechanic says it is a catalytic converter. 2 hours after I left the mechanic, the transmission dropped. I now have a $9k loan for a car that needs $5k in repairs. The previous owner says he knew about the converter, but said it was not necessary to fix because it's not mechanical it's just for emissions. Do I have recourse if he knew about the problem and chose not to fix it or disclose it? He says it was on one of the repair tickets (he added it to the pile as we were signing papers). I guess I should have seen it, but come on, 2 days and $5k in repairs. He said he is a minister and he doesn't lie about things. I say, minister or not, there is no way he didn't see this coming! Could I go to a lawyer, small claims, stop my check?