What is the name of your state? Ohio
On June 7, 2008 I bought a 93 Ford Escort off of a private owner. Well, sort of a private owner (he had bought the car a couple months earlier with the intention of cleaning it up and selling it....I understand that these people are referred to as "curbside business"). We (my husband and I) asked him during the initial telephone conversation and during the test drive if there was anything wrong with the car. He said, "No" both times. The car was far from perfect but we were assured that it would run reliably for us.
I gave the guy $800 cash and we found a notary and transfered the title. There is no bill of sale. There is no written paperwork regarding the sale. Just the title now being in my name.
Well, on June 16, 2008 (just 9 days later) the transmission goes out. The car is no longer drivable. I called the person who sold me the car and told him what had happened. He says he didn't know the transmission would go bad and that the only thing there is for me to do is to either junk the car or pay someone to put a new transmission in it. Transmission work would exceed the cost and value of the car.
Is this particular type of sale covered by the Lemon Laws in my state? If so, what would be my next step?