Last post on Jan 31, 2009 at 1:28 PM
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#2119 of 2121 Re: Rust Bucket Blues [oldfarmer50]
Jan 31, 2009 (9:04 am)
Usually, there are some state regulations on the condition that a used car must achieve in order to be sold by a dealer.
I'd contact the AG's office and the BBB for starters.
#2120 of 2121 Re: Rust Bucket Blues [oldfarmer50]
Jan 31, 2009 (12:42 pm)
"She bought it used a few years back from a new car dealer."
How much is "a few years"? Two? Five? Assuming that the mechanic is telling the truth, the truck could have rusted out after your friend bought the thing. Even if it had a tinworm infestation when it was sold she will have a devil of a time proving that was the case.
"She returned to the dealer and of course was told that since the 30 day warranty had long ago expired she was SOL."
I can't see how she could expect a dealer to correct a problem after the warranty has been expired for years. Unless they concealed something like a junk or salvage title she doesn't have much to go on.
"Other than the obvious advice to have a car inspected before you buy it, what would you tell this person to do? "
I'd also advise her to have the car serviced more frequently than every few years. If the corrosion was as bad as she claims a good mechanic should have caught it the first time it was put on a lift. Other than that, my only other recommendation would be that she should file the experience under "Hard Life Lessons Learned".
#2121 of 2121 Re: Rust Bucket Blues [roadburner]
Jan 31, 2009 (1:28 pm)
"...How many years is a "few years"?..."
Not sure, my feeling is it was less than two. My first inclination was to asked her how she could be so stupid as to not examine the vehicle before she bought it but then I thought "who suspects major rust damage on a relatively new car?".
After all this time I wouldn't hold any hope for proving that the dealer knew of excessive rust damage but my gut instinct tells me he probably did and pawned it off on an unsuspecting female buyer.
I'll ask her for more details next time I see her.