Purchased car, received title and car was damaged

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Country: United States of America
State: Illinois

I purchased a car in Indiana in full with cash. Asked for the title repeatedly and the dealer kept giving excuses until they finally sent it a day before I could return the car if I wanted to. I received the title and it said it was a flood damaged car which means it has almost no value. I asked to return the car and they are giving me a hard time and saying I am trying to rip them off. After saying I was going to report them they said they would return 90% of the money only, which I think is still wrong. The paperwork did say it was a rebuilt car but it did not say flood damaged anywhere nor were we told that it was a flood car when we made the purchase. To me a Rebuilt car and a flood damaged car are 2 different things since a rebuilt car still has resale value where a flood car does not. What can I do about this?

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Based on what you say here, you could probably file suit against them (or at least threaten to do so) in small claims court or in regular court; filing in small claims court is easier and requires no attorney...you could try to collect all of the costs and damages that you suffered due to their behavior... You may also report them to your state attorney general's office.
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