Used car scam? My sister bought a used car privately and now the catalytic is done- what can she do? Answered
She bought the car about two weeks ago, and it ran great for exactly 5 days. Then it started shaking and making strange noises. She took it into our old high school auto shop for a diagnosis, but a student disconnected the battery while it was hooked up (to clean the terminals) and we lost the diagnosis. The instructor informed her that it would take a few days for the engine maintenance light to come back on, and to come back if and when this occurred. Well it did- exactly 5 days later. We are pretty sure it was reset the day she bought it so that by the time the problem arose, it would be "her problem", but can't prove it. I'm pretty sure a catalytic converter does not constitute a safety issue, thus wouldn't be covered under her certification. Is there anything she can do, is she on her own?