My question involves a consumer law issue in the State of: California.
I recently purchased a 4runner for 4500 dollars. The lady who did the selling of the car was the owners daughter. She told me her mother was suffering from dementia so she was selling the car for her. She answered my questions to what she said was the best of her ability. I was told of the problems she knew of, which was a window that would not go up. She told me that they took it to a shop and the shop told them it was just a fuse, but they never got it fixed. I asked about emissions/smog, and was told that it never had a problem. I was also told the car was registered non-operational June 2011, when her mom stopped driving.
I bought the car, then bought the carfax. Carfax shows a catalytic converter, 02 sensor, and computer system were repaired. I took the car to get smogged and it failed due to one of the catalytic converters. It was not CA legal. Got it replaced and the mechanic who replaced it told me that, that particular cat has never been legal in CA. Got the car resmogged and went to pay for title transfer. The car was never registered non operation and had back fees that I had to pay.
I would like the party I bought the car from to pay for the late fees and catalytic converter, about 400 dollars. What are my chances in small claims court?
I did sign a bill of sale stating I was buying the car "as-is"