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Is this grounds for an auto-lot to be sued?

If I had to pick, I'd say the following below is not grounds for a lawsuit, but rather that we were victim and there is nothing we can do about it.

Now, onto the story.

My mother has poor credit, unfortunately. When her '99 Mustang gave out two years ago, she was left with no vehicle. No lot would sell to her...until we found one.
Watson Auto Group in Fort Worth, TX.

I was busy the day she went, so I could not accompany her to check out the cars. From what I was told there were only two cars they approved her for. The one that they focused on more was a 2014 Fiat 500L, with only 24k miles on the odometer! The mid-sized car was easy for her to drive, and was probably the nicest car she had ever driven too.
Of course she took it.

Fast foreward the next day....the radio locked up. It required a password from a Fiat dealership, because apparently the model # in the radio did not match the model # in the car, and set off an anti-theft feature.

We took it to the Auto Dealership, and they said that the Fiat dealership had to reset it. Then, at the Fiat dealership, the manager there told us that they couldnt fix the radio. They tried. They just couldnt. Also noted, the manager said that they would never sell a 500L to ANYONE. They refused to keep them on the lot for how flawed they are. Great news, right?

We run back to the auto lot...and they tell us again that they cant help us. Wont reduce our monthly payment, or install a new radio, either. Great. Real great.

Two weeks later, it happened. The check engine light came on. Our OBD-2 said it had a vacuum leak. I open the hood and find....a piece of rubber wrapped around an air-outflow tube, held on by some clamps. Naturally, I take it off and find...a hole. A large, round hole, done by a drill or bore. I try to patch it with tape, put the boot back on, and reset the sensors and codes. We drive it a few days, and it returns.

We call the dealership, and they wont do anything about it.

The inspection expired last month.

What do we do? What CAN we do?

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Depends on state.

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The very next day you could still exit most contracts in my state as there is a 3 day cooling off period but you continued on with the deal. Your next call is a lawyer and not on forums on the web.

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Yep. Lawsuit funds...?

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She's just worried about not having the funds for a lawyer. Not sure how that works, but its not the first instance ive heard of this place selling a bad car.

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typical car radio for today $29

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Not yet priced, but...

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Not yet priced, but... The piece is massive. Runs from the turbocharger ( I think that's what it is) up over the engine and to the back of it.

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Might need mounting plate too

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Thank you

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We are ordering a double din Alpine, forgot to say! Thank you.

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EDIT: Adt'l problem

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Forgot to mention that the key gets stuck in the ignition sometimes. Fiat prepared for this by integrating an emergency release switch inside the steering column ... Except THAT is broken off too! Happy

She wants to see if the same dealership will let us trade it out for a different car...

(Didn't want to waste my only edit on this)

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