Recently bought a car from an auction, it's in great condition, full service history and books, etc.
Due to Covid couldn't check out the car in person but it's shown in pictures/videos to be in running, operational condition. Also the auction manager has confirmed that it starts and drives just fine.
Bid on it, paid, waited a few days for them to get the car out to me, then got a call from the auction manager saying that he's unable to start the car, but it was fine a week ago. I had it towed to my mechanics and they're checking it out now.
Shouldn't be a big issue (maybe something like the ECU, not the engine - fingers crossed), and honestly I can afford to just fix it up - I will probably still come out ahead. If it is something major though then…
This just leaves a real bad taste in my mouth, is there any recourse I can take? I understand auctions are "as is" but if it's not as described (and it's something major like being a running car vs. a non-runner), is it still just on me?
Any experience or advice is welcome. Thanks in advance.