A couple of months ago I came across a used boat at the repair shop right next to the marina. it's an 84 smoker craft 18 footer that had a 89' 40 hp tohatsu motor on it. the guy was asking 2,500 for it and we worked out a deal for 2,200. the following week I took the boat for a run and all seemed well. Before i even got the boat back to the house a bearing busted on the trailor, had it towed later that week and had the bearings and spindle repaired. I took the boat out briefly one afternoon just for about 30 minutes to an hour just to get a feel for it. the following week me and a buddy set out to fish all night on the lake. After putting in we motored around for about an hour or two scouting out some promising spots when the motor slowly sputtered down and quits. The motor was spitten water the whole time but for some reason it got hot, found out later the water pump was bad and it resulted in a blown ring. Later i brought the boat back to the guy i bought it from and he said he comes across motors all the time and he would take care of me. Now about a month later he says he has a 99' johnson 25 hp he's gonna put on the boat. I went to his shop and the 99' johnson isn't even from the 90's, I'm not sure on the exact model but it's surely from the 80's. After talking to the guy for a bit he admits that he knew the motor that originally came w/ the boat had a bad water pump, and he is now telling me that he told me this before i gave him any money. Now he's going to put the johnson motor on and he expects me to pay the $800 i owe from the previous agreement, and he's going to charge me for the new motor and installment. Now im just really tired of dealing with this guy and I feel like since the beginning he's just been taking me for a ride. If he does want money for the new motor and for the money i still owe him from the bad motor originally on the boat , I'm going to tell him that I just want my $1,500 back and he can keep the damn thing. Since i brought it home it's been nothing but problems. Now i know the type of a guy he is from dealing with him for the past couple of months, and I know he's going to come back with an attitude and he's not going to want to give me any money back. Now my question is, if it comes down to it, should i take him to small claims court? I really don't have much evidence other then my word, the invoice of the originally agreement ( which shows my $1,500 paid), and i have a receipt for the trailor repair. please if anyone has had a similiar experience or any knowledge on the subject i could really use some advice. I just want my down payment back and forget about it.....even though i will still be taking a loss since i paid to fix the trailor, boat registration, boat accesories, etc.