Really bad luck and unfortunate situation.
Can't say I am a speciallist on the subject but here what I would do:
- trying, the nice way, to get even something from the broker. Maybe, just to get rid of You, he would compensate the value of his commission. This is a long shot and not very likely. I would focus on the wrong age(he should have known on the engine..), not the tank, the boat is so old that its impossible to proof when or where the damage took place.
I would not try any legal or further actions against him, that would only cost money and time, with a fraction of a chance off return.
Bellow is something I fully agree with. And the awarded amount might not be significant.
Originally Posted by Ribshop
The year you may have a case with if the serial number is still clear, but then were you asked to confirm the information on the paperwork was correct when you collected?
Even if you were to win the chances are you would get awarded a financial settlement in costs between a 93 build and a 99.
As a next step would try to approach the previous owner, again mainly focusing on the age. If he is decent, he might compensate little on the price.
If not, then I would pretty soon just try to forget the whole thing. The situation is not right or OK, but one has to Pick Your Battles......
Good luck what ever You decide to do.
If the boat has been insured by the previous owner, I guess he have reported an age to the company. This information might give an idea did the previous owner knew the real age of the boat or was he also screwed....?