My question involves vehicle registration or title in the state of: California/Oregon.
I recently bought a car off of Craigslist that has a title from Oregon. The previous owner put the ad up advertising that "never been smogged in California, not sure if it will pass." When I bought the car, he mentioned that he does not know if it will pass smog. I asked him specifically if he has ever tried, he said no. So I bought the car with the Oregon title and without the smog.
I looked inside the glove box as he mentioned there was some vehicle history of maintenance and such to see what it was. The vehicle was advertised at 68,000 miles, but there's a book that has numbers (looks like mileage to me) that go up into 120,000. So the vehicle might not actually have only 68,000 miles on it. When I took the vehicle to a friend who own's a smog shop, he looked up the vehicle information and it was smogged back in August, but failed. I am not upset that it won't pass smog. That isn't the issue. My issue is that he specifically lied that he never smogged it. He lied that he didn't know that it will pass smog.
My faults: I didn't investigate further into the vehicle. I should have asked for the VIN or License plate number to check it's history, but I didn't. I didn't look at some of the vehicle history that he pointed out to me was in the glove box. I was not educated about the laws in California when purchasing/selling a vehicle.
I tried contacting the seller on why it failed the smog test, but he is blowing me off. If I know what failed, maybe I can try and fix the vehicle so it will pass. I currently have the Oregon title, and bill of sale which he both signed. The transaction took place in California.
What are my options in this scenario? Do I have any options? Is it worth seeking legal action?