Ok, I know this is not a ticket issue but I couldn't find anyplace more appropriate to post it.
I got ripped off when I bought a van from someone claiming to be a burner. I trust burners so I let my guard down. Stupid I know but there it is. I'm hoping now that my burner community can help out of this mess some how.
The short version is he lied to me about the condition of the van and claimed it had a 60 day old valid smog cert and he'd lost the print out. I took his word but it was a lie and it requires prohibitively expensive work (at least at a professional shop) to make it pass. My mechanic believes he did something to hide the problem long enough for a good test drive.
In trying to convince him to fix the deal (refund or valid smog cert) I've had a lawyer I work with do some research on the guy and we found that he looks like a very slimy character. He's involved in criminal cases, family law cases, civil cases, small claims court, financial activity that gives every indication of a pattern of fraud, it appears his home is being repossessed and he's declared bankruptcy and shuffled the ownership of it around to try to muddy the trail, so on and so forth. Whenever I try to talk to him reasonably about the van he just fast talks trying to avoid the issue and dodging even acknowledging it. Even if I sue this guy and win it's not likely I'll ever be able to collect anything. Even if I can collect it won't be in time to save my burn.
Is there anyone who can help me fix the van to get a passing smog cert? Legally of course. It has a problem that I could live with if I could get the title transferred but the freaking engine light will keep it from passing even though the emissions are fine. It's prohibitively expensive for me to fix through a normal mechanic. Unless I can get it to pass smog I'm stuck with a van I can't use and a $2,000 hole in my pocket. I only plan to use it for BM and camping a few times a year. If I could get two years use of it I'd feel like I got my moneys worth.
This was going to be my wife's first time on the playa. We were both really looking forward to it. This whole mess has got us both feeling dejected and a little depressed. Someone please help a family member out.
Ideas for a solutions or workarounds I had:
Anyone (out of state or otherwise) want to buy it outright, maybe for an art car? I'd give you a nice discount. I could make a fun road trip out of it.
Anyone know a way to get it pass smog (legally of course) without breaking the bank?
There is a program where CA will contribute $500 toward repairs to pass smog to low income individuals (that's me). Any mechanics willing to do it for that, or at least try? If after $500 in repairs it still won't pass smog it's then eligible for a waiver. That would solve the problem. Of course fixing it is my first choice but I'll settle for any legal method.
Disclaimer: I don't want anyone to break any laws or do anything dishonest. I'm just looking for solutions to a problem.
Last edited by TheFluxAnomaly
on Wed Jul 27, 2011 4:52 pm, edited 5 times in total.