I purchased a car based on the posted photos and description. When I picked it up, I thought it looked different, but since I did not have the photos with me and the VIN matched the posting, I finalized the purchase and took the car home. By the time I got it home, I realized that the seller's description of "4 tires have 3/4 life on them" was wrong. A trip to my mechanic confirmed that the driver's side front tire was splitting and the passenger side front tire needed replacing, too. Another look at the posted photos made me take another look at the car I received as compared to the car in the posting. It turns out that the seller posted photos of a different car, but closeup photos of the actual car's VIN, door post label and probably odometer. The rest of the photos are of a different car and a different year. The car in the photos looks cleaner and has a cargo cover that my car does not have. He even took a photo of the engine which clearly is not the same as the car I received. However, the car runs OK, and I am inclined to keep it, even though I had to dump about $250 into it for the tires and to deep clean the interior which reeked of animal. A cargo area cover (it's an Escort wagon) will set me back another $300. If I had known these issues, I would not have bid up to the amount I did for this car.
Contacting the seller has led only to his denial of misrepresentation and refusal to compensate me at all. He also called me stupid. I admit, shame on me for not doing diligence, but do I have any recourse other than leaving negative feedback? I think anyone considering purchasing a car from this guy should beware, but how to warn others? Or stop him from posting? I have attached photos comparing the photos of the car posted to eBay and the actual car I received.
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