Im in Arkansas. A little less than three weeks ago I bought a '96 Jeep Cherokee from a "Buy here Pay here" car lot. Since then I have had numerous problems with the vehicle mainly the transmission is starting to slip. I know Arkansas does not have a lemon law but I think I may still have a case against the lot. here are the details.
The odometer (digital not manual cable) read 172,251 when I bought it. I would not have purchased it being so high but the salesman and the lot manager both matter-of-factly assured me that the Jeep was a trade in from an elderly couple who had been pulling the Jeep around the country behind their rv. They said that most of that mileage was just tow time. I believed them and bought it. Since I started having problems I did some personal tests and found that the vehichle would not rack up miles while in nuetral. I also called a 4x4 shop and asked them what they thought and was told that there is no way it would accumulate mileage during tow. I also got on a RV forum online and was told by other Jeep owners that their Cherokee's of same year did not gain mileage during tow. So I know I was lied to.
I was also told by the salesman that the vehichle underwent an extensive inspection by thier mechanics. My vehichle has had a turn signal out since I bought it. The back floorboard takes on water when it rains. The catalytic converter is clogged. The brakes are now squeeling and grinding. The engine coolant was a 1/2 gallon low. These are all things that would be checked in a normal inspection so I am led to believe it was never inspected at all. It was pouring rain the day I bought the vehichle so I didnt check it as extensively as I should have but it drove well so I bought it. Im 21 and got too excited.
The total price I am paying for the vehichle over 30 months of financing is close to $14,000. I knew that was a little steep but I have completely shot credit so I figured I would have to bite the bullet and pay too much for the car. I figured it would establish my credit. I have since looked up the book value on the car and it is $6,905 according to Kelly Blue Book. This does not include subtractions for the malfunctions.
Do I have a leg to stand on legally to bring some sort of law suit against them?