We went to City Auto Wholesale around 2 weeks ago and purchased a 1993 Acura Integra from Chuck. We were merely looking for a second vehicle to get us around, that we could pay off quickly and use while we reestablished our credit. The day we purchased the car, the battery was dead. They told us it had been sitting for a while and there was nothing wrong. We trusted them. The car seemed alright. It has high miles, but Acuras are very reliable cars. The car seemed like it had been well taken care of - clean, no major visible damage, seemed sound in both appearance and ride.
Today my husband was driving it and drove it from Portland to Albany (roughly 70 miles) and on ended up overheating. He opened the hood, and saw holes in the radiator and water shooting out. He had both of my children in the car and they were stranded for 3 hours until I could get there to pick them up.
The car is still in Albany. We intend to go back to City Auto Wholesale tomorrow morning to discuss the situation. We would hope that they will be honest - tow the car back from Albany, and either give us our money back - $1000 down, or provide us with a car that does not have major mechanical problems, or fix the problem. We'll see what happens.