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  1. #31
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    Default Re: Used Car Won't Pass Smog Test

    I would suggest paying a lawyer a modest fee to write a letter to the old owner. Let them know that you will be suing in small claims court as well as filing criminal charges for odometer fraud if they don't refund the purchase price of the vehicle.

    Maybe that letter will light a fire under there butt so they will take the vehicle back and give a refund.
    I'm not a lawyer, but I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night.......

  2. #32
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    Default Re: Used Car Won't Pass Smog Test

    Your suggestion is greatly appreciated. I guess it is worth a shot to see what the owner will or won't do.

    Thank you again!

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    Default Re: Used Car Won't Pass Smog Test

    Note: Misstating the odometer reading on the title is not a violation of AZ law, due to the age of the car.

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    Default Re: Used Car Won't Pass Smog Test

    It has been awhile since I have been here but, I felt the need to update you on this situation....

    My friend purchased a computer for this vehicle and installed it and was finally able to take it in and it passed emissions after spending a few hundred more dollars than anticipated. Just wanted to let you know that upon removing the old computer and replacing the new computer in this PT Cruiser...my friend saw where the previous owner had put tape over the "check engine" light that comes on as you start the vehicle which is why it initially wouldn't pass emissions.

    Anyhow, as of a few days ago, my friend posted this vehicle for sale and did indeed sell it. He was able to recover most of the money that he shelled out when he purchased it....which in turn now has him searching once again for a vehicle. Moral here is...that he has learned a valuable lesson...to not "trust" people on their word (which is sad) and fully does the research now before jumping in and just throwing away money. So, BUYER BEWARE!!!

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    Default Re: Used Car Won't Pass Smog Test

    Thanks for coming back and sharing.
    I'm not a lawyer, but I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express last night.......

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    Default Re: Used Car Won't Pass Smog Test

    if a new computer is needed, go to a junk yard & get one .. less hassle than what you are trying to do...

  7. #37
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    Default Re: Used Car Won't Pass Smog Test

    Actually....it is I that should be thanking you and other members here
    You were all a tremendous help to my friend and I and it was very much appreciated.

    As of yesterday; my friend found a car that he purchased (a 2007 Nissan Versa) and is very happy with his purchase....FINALLY!!!!

    Thanks again

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    Default Re: Used Car Won't Pass Smog Test

    LOL glad your friend did not wait for the PT's front end to wear out. Always research the repair issues a car has, before buying it used. You will know where to look for problems.
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