News 12 at 6 o'clock / Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013
AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- News 12 is always encouraging you to "do your homework" before investing your money. From all accounts, Richard Moss did just that, but there may have been one more step he could have taken before handing over his hard-earned cash.
"It goes to shaking and we just heard the boom and the engine's dead," Moss said.
It was the shortest and most expensive trip he and his family have ever taken. Moss showed us a piece of the engine block that was ripped from the vehicle. It is about the size of a quarter.
Moss says it is his souvenir. His signature on the bill of sale had barely dried before he says his $1,300 investment into his 1996 Jeep Cherokee went down the drain, stranding him and his family along I-20.
He says he tried to get at least some of his money back from the dealer.
"He said that he would allow me a few hundred on a trade-in on something else on the lot or he'd give me $400 and he'd scrap the vehicle," Moss said.
He says the Jeep was the only car on the lot in his price range. For now, it is parked in his yard until he can think of what to do with it. He says he thought he covered all the bases before buying the vehicle.
"I did a Carfax on it, I did a Kelley Blue Book. I thought I was getting the right deal," Moss said.
He says even before buying the Jeep, he test drove it and checked all the fluids, but now it is too late.
The Better Business Bureau says once you complete a purchase of a car "as is" and drive it off the lot, the dealer has no further responsibility for the car.
Moss says he has learned an expensive lesson and says before buying another used car he will spend a little more to have an independent mechanic look it over before driving away.
"As is is as is and I get as is, " Moss said.