My friend bought car from a dealer in Illinois, but lives in Indiana. She didn't realize the car had flood damage. She did get a CarFax report before purchase but it was clean. Now the car is having mechanical problems.
What are her options?
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Unless the car was sold with a warranty, used cars are sold as-is, which means that neither the previous owner, the dealer, nor the manufacturer have any obligation to fix the problem. If the dealer actually knew of the flood damage but unambiguously denied that the car had ever been in a flood (which is something they could not know, anyhow), then that could be fraud. But is is highly unlikely that the dealer had actual knowledge and lied.