The engine fell out

How long can a car be off the lot before you lose the right to blame the seller or the car company?

This is a bit of an urgent question because I’ve got a bit of a problem: the engine fell out of my car last night. Well, not the engine, not the whole engine. I don’t know cars, really, but something fell out on the highway and the car started chugging, and it hasn’t wanted to start ever since.

Right now, the car has about 8,000 miles on it. I bought it when it had less than 2,000 at a car lot, which was only two months ago. I know, 6,000 miles is a lot to put on a car in two months, but I needed the car at that moment to go on a groovy little trip around the country. I only just got back, and now the car’s kaput just when I need it for work, so I can pay for that massive trip I took.

A little more background: I did get the oil changed once already, and I was assured everything in the car was new when I bought it.

The thing is, though, now I’ve had it two months and been out of state, I don’t know if I can demand my money back or demand someone fix it. I’ve checked to see if my kind of car has any recall notices, but no such luck as yet. I was hoping I’d find something about engines falling out late at night when I went searching, but all I found was issues with the clutch if your car happens to have a clutch, which mine doesn’t.

Oh well.

So far, I’ve discovered that I can get money back for mechanical defects, which is good news, because I’m pretty sure that’s what I’ve got, but bad news because I don’t know exactly how to prove the mechanical defect wasn’t my fault.

I’m going in circles here, but that’s only because I’m pretty upset, and I’m dog tired after being up all night. I ended up having to get my car towed, and instead of towing it to a repair shop, I towed it back to my apartment, which means I’ve got to get it towed again. The whole thing stinks, and I’m beginning to think, even as I write this article, that I don’t have much hope of getting compensated for all this.

I should have known the price was too good to be true when I bought it. A car with only 2,000 miles and I got it for less than ten grand. I wish I could just shrug my shoulders and say I’ve learned my lesson and I’ll do better next time, but I really don’t know how I’ll commute to work now. And if I can’t get to work, I can’t pay on the car, or pay rent, or pay for food. It’s a mess. My whole life is a mess now.

Bummer does not begin to describe it.