My question involves a consumer law issue in the State of: Virginia
I bought a 1979 Pontiac Trans Am from a car dealership in Virginia. It was listed on eBay, and described as a rotisserie restored, numbers matching collector car. I bought and paid for it by sending the dealer a cashier's check, and he arranged to have it shipped to me at my home in Chandler.
Now, four months later, I have decided to sell the car. I listed in on eBay, and was contacted by the previous owner, who restored the vehicle. He informed me that it was NOT a numbers matching car, which is significant to the value of classic collector cars. He further stated that he saw the dealer's listing on eBay that stated "numbers matching", and informed the dealer that it did not have the original engine.
Obviously this is all hearsay, but I responded to this previous owner's email, and received a response with further details about the car, written concisely and intelligently, so I have no reason to doubt his legitimacy. Of course I can and will verify his claim, but I expect to find it to be accurate.
Assuming that to be the case, I really don't want the hassle of taking an out-of-state car dealer to court. But I'd like to know what course of action to take to motivate the dealer to compensate me for the difference in value between numbers matching and non-numbers matching, which I fairly and conservatively estimate to be $2150 (10% of my purchase price). Which actions should I threaten the dealer with in order to convince him to compensate me?
Thank you in advance for your consideration and advice