My question involves a consumer law issue in the State of: Iowa
I attended a auction and bought a near new expensive riding lawn mower of the commercial quality brands. The item was suppossedly cleared with the dealer as having a good serial number and announced as such as the annual equipment auction for a reputable well established auction company here. The unit was also stated as having a transferrable warranty with several years remaining.
2 days after I got this home, I proceeded to contact the dealer closer to me, and ask how to transfer warranty. Took the mower in for a minor service and he pulled the serial numbers. A deck number had been destroyed and removed. A main serial number on the mower appeared OFF, as in it was slapped on and taped over to hold it there. Not a factory looking serial number applied carefully and squarely onto the newly painted steel.
A sheriff deputy from a county some 100 miles away contacts me 3 days after this - the unit has been impounded and he wants to know how I got the mower. The consignee information I had called the auction house for - was a known fence with quite a track record of criminal activity. I am cleared and have paper trail, gave statement, helped law fully.
Will I have any rights to this expensive purchase - or do I demand my refund from the auction house who falsely represented this as a good clean used piece of equipment? I won't match the price or condition I paid at auction, but I'm not going to see this mower for a season anyway, even if I get a right to claim it. I have no idea if first owner was settled with by his insurance company, or would be first to claim ownership.