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Asked on: 4/26/05, 2:22 pm

Car dealers re selling salvaged cars

In july of 04 i bought a used car from a reputible car dealer.when we got the car we knew that it was in a front end accidnet. which didnt appear to be a problem , eight months later i got into an auto accident. the damage wasnt exreme. but when the car was taken apart the interanl damage was not fixable. due to the fact that the car was previosly salvaged. how can a delaer sell a salvaged car& not tell us. then when we went to them about this , they said it wasnt there concern. I have put about 5000 in to this car and i dont even have it. nothing to show for it , what are my legal rights ? the dealership wont even help us do anything, there are turning there backs on us

a concerened customer

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Answered on: 4/27/05, 3:16 am by John Corbett

Re: Car dealers re selling salvaged cars

You probably do not have any recourse against the dealer. If you knew about the front end damage and thought it to be important to you, you might have acted when you found out about it.

Dealers sell repaired vehicles on a routine basis. There is nothing to prevent that and the fact is that the law would not want to prevent that. The issue is disclosure. If you asked and the dealer lied, the issue would be different. Since you knew about the prior accident and did nothing about it, the dealer is not liable.


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