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2001 Lincoln LS Won't Pass Smog Check

I bought a 2001 Lincoln LS for $3300 from a man who bought the car 8 days previous "as is" for $2700 and accepted $300 back from the seller saying he'd have his man fix the smog. He did not and didn't register it or pay taxes & fees. He did not tell me this and says it is my problem or the first sellers. I believe he "flips" cars. I have names. addresses and phone numbers for both sellers. My main question is who is responsible for the repair for the car to pass smog test?Thanks, Andy


Section 24007 (b)(2) of the Vehicle Code states it is the responsibility of the seller to provide a valid smog certificate at the time of delivery of the vehicle. There is no provision in the law to sell a vehicle "as is." 

The buyer has the option of paying for any repairs necessary to get the car to pass the smog check but may end up taking the seller to Small Claims Court to recover their costs. Although the law clearly supports the buyer, collecting on a small claims judgment can be difficult, so the amicable solution is usually best.

In this specific case it might be that the seller is conducting the illegal act of "unlicensed dealer". We recommend getting in touch with the DMV's Investigative Services division and report the activity. They may be able to intervene.

posted by SmogTips Support 06-26-2015 09:47 AM
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