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Hello, thank you for the question. You bought it from a dealer, at a commercial location which presumably sells more than 6 cars per year? And have you approached the dealer to ask what they have to say about this vehicle?
Are you available today to discuss your car purchase with me?
I'll answer you as best as I can with the information you have provided.
You need to go over the sale contract and invoice carefully, preferably with a lawyer or paralegal who is good in such matters. It's possible that the car was sold "as is", in which case you have little recourse (unless that "as is" is buried in the fine print and is literally difficult to find). Without an "as is" clause, then the vehicle is subject to some standard assumptions.
Firstly, there might be some kind of warrantee in the contract. Since the contract was probably drafted by the seller, I wouldn't expect a whole lot of protection to come from it.
Secondly, even without a warrantee the vehicle ought to be "fit for the purpose" for which it was offered for sale and purchased in good faith, ie be road worthy. If the vehicle was advertised as in decent condition, or that it has passed a safety inspection, and it turns out that it needs a lot of work done to make it safe, then you have a claim against the seller.
Thirdly, it may be that the seller himself performed the safety inspection. If it shouldn't have passed, and you can prove that with some photos and a report from another good mechanic, then that is a serious matter and absolutely should be brought to the attention of the court or the authorities, and this will certainly give you some leverage in getting the car repaired, replaced, or your costs to bring it up to minimum standard ordered paid back to you by the seller. Here are some useful links: https://www.apa.ca/links.asp
However, there's no law which says that if you bought a lemon you're allowed to bring it back within a certain period for a full refund or replacement.
I hope that helps for a start. Please let me know if there's more to discuss on this topic?
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