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Owner misrepresented engine status

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What is the name of your state? Florida

I recently purchased a 1986, 24ft, Four Winns 235 boat "As Is".

Owner misrepresented engine status. Owner stated (in writing) that engine has 20-30 run hours since "block-up restoration" (complete overhaul). Owner provided computer generated list of all parts, labor and costs as evidence of the work performed. He further stated that the work was done by him and his employees and accomplished in the muffler shop where he works. Based on this, I did not have a professional, in-depth inspection performed on the engine, and purchased "As Is". Immediately upon taking possession, I scheduled the boat for an annual-type service at a local dealership. The servicing dealer diagnosed the engine (in writing) as "hydralocked", and requires total replacement ($6000.00-$10,000.00). Afterwards, I performed my own semi-in-depth inspection and am all but certain the stated work was not performed. To this point I haven't even started the boat.

Couple questions... It is my intent to recover the better percentage of my "damages" through Small Claims Court. I have spent $5000.00 to date (Small Claims limit), but will incur other costs (court, expert opinion documentation, ect) that I probably won't be compensated for. Need your opinion on how "AS IS" might be viewed by the court.

Finally, I need to know if there is criminal activity involved here. I have made this purchase based on written documentation from the seller that is completely false. Is this fraud? I have retained all written materials. Please advise.What is the name of your state?What is the name of your state?

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