My car has been afflicted with the automotive equivalent of gout.
But it still goes.
No warning lights appear on the instrument panel that would make anyone suspect anything is wrong.
It still runs reasonably smoothly--not so rough that one would suspect a problem. (The occasional cloud of white smoke on startup is a bit alarming, though.)
My dad planted the bug in my ear yesterday that I might just trade it in for something newer.
How much trouble (if any) can I get into for trading it to a dealer and not saying anything? Despite the title of my post today, the real quandary is not "is this right?" (it isn't, not really, not in the way we teach little kids about right and wrong--although I can find lots and lots of justification for pulling one over on a used-car dealership) but "can I be punished for this?" Because I'm ethically opposed to being sued, or fined, or whatever may happen. After all, there is proof out there that I knew the car needed a new engine in it. All it would take is a phone call to the Toyota dealership to find that out.
On the other hand, I do have a mechanic who is interested in working on it, and can probably get a new engine, or all the necessary parts, at least, dropped in for half what the dealership wants, and then there are only about 10 payments left to make on it.