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Hi, recently i went to a public car auction, i purchased a 2013 dodge challenger that had 102,192 written on the windshield for miles, when i got into the car to drive after purchasing, i notice that the odometer has just over 112,000 miles, and even the paperwork on the car shows that the auction/storage received the vehicle on 9-22-2020 with 102,192 from a used car dealership, I'm kinda skeptical about the time the car spent at the auction/storage lot and im assuming workers their the owner used the car to drive around and have fun and then throw it in the auction once they were done with it. This place has had its fair share of complaints about being crooked in the past. Is there anything i can do legally to maybe get a compensation or part of my money back that i payed? what are laws protecting me from things like this? PS i'm in california

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Welcome to the auto auction. Every purchase is a roll of the dice, and at every one I've ever been to, all sales have been final. 


This is why I avoid auctions like the plague and purchase my cars from collectors or normal private sellers. I'll pay them a fair price for knowing I'm getting a fair vehicle. And I know it's a fair vehicle because I'm allowed to inspect it, drive it, ask questions about the car and its history, so on and so forth. At an auction, it is nothing more than going to the casino and betting it all on black. It could come up good, or it could go south. In this case, looks like it went south.


I very highly doubt there is anything you can do accept deal with it. I would look through the auction paperwork, but don't be surprised to see language that says all sales are as is, where is, and final.


Did you have a chance to sit in the vehicle before you bid on it?

Only while it is under the auction block, you cant sit in it, only look inside and check it out while it is being bidded on, regardless i shouldn't have to second guess the mileage, they write true mileage unknown on vehicles that may have this problem but this one didn't, and the auction has half the vehicles able to be looked at for 30 minutes as long as the hood is not lifted, and they are turned off before going under the auction block. This one was on the other side of the lot where they don't allow you to look at the vehicles due to "privacy concerns" because there are personal vehicles close to that side that are impounds and they want to protect the customers from having their cars taken pictures of, messed with, etc.

Ok so it seems like false advertisement. Did you try explaining the situation to the auction folks?