OP. Have you ever gone to court? Have you ever gone to a lawyer? That alone will bilk ya dry, not to mention the cost of stress, anxiety, & just plain grief. Not worth it. Just suck it up, drive the crp outta it. It's only 5 grand. It's not a Porsche or anything. It's a 4 door ppl-mover. I know it's your first car, but don't bleed your heart into it. Just don't soak unnec'y loot into it, maintain it as cheaply & as necessary as u can to keep it safely driving...then when u have enough loot....sell it & move on.