Prior Undisclosed Mechanical Problems

You car could have been a lemon that was previously re purchased by a dealer. Under some state laws, a car that goes in for the same repairs in a certain amount of time, a manufacturer can be forced to repurchase the car. The car should be labeled as a lemon because the defect was just never fixed. Still, this does not stop a manufacturer from reselling the car to a wholesaler, who sells it o a dealer, and sells it to the public, all without disclosing the chronic mechanical issue.

How To Tell If Your Car Was A Lemon

How to tell if your car was a Lemon

Most states have car titling statues that require a dealer to “brand” the title as a Lemon or some such thing that was repurchased because of a chronic mechanical issues.  Get a title history on your car; not a Carfax or Autocheck.  These are not nearly as trustworthy as going to the National Motor Vehicle Title Information System.  You can buy a title search on your car, fairly inexpensively and quickly through a reseller of these reports.

Look at the chain of title for your car.  Was a manufacturer, a dealer, an insurance company or repair shop ever in the chain of title?  You might have purchased a lemon.  If you have and were not told about it, you have rights.

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If you purchased a used car from a dealer that refuses to fix the problem properly or has given you any kind of trouble, contact us immediately for a free, no obligation consultation. Know your rights as a car owner so the dealer does not take advantage of you.

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Damage caused by Flooding and hurricanes

Not only do hurricanes flood business and homes, they usually flood the used car market with CRAP cars.  Once a car has water damage in the engine compartment, no amount of repair is going to fix it. Worse yet, parts of your car that you can’t even see, start to rust.  If they started to rust before you purchased the car, the dealer probably painted over it…but the rusting process continues.

After each hurricane, many of these cars are purchased by insurance companies and sold to wholesalers.  The wholesalers sell them to dealers.  The dealers repair them (as best as they can and make them very shiny) and then sell them on the open market, often times failing to disclose the water damage to the car.

Hurricane Damaged Cars Are Resold To The Public
How Hurricane Damaged Cars Are Resold To The Public
Insurance Company Pays For The Damage
Insurance Company Pays For The Damage
Insurance Company Sells Car To Wholesale
Insurance Company Sells Car To Wholesale
Dealer Buys Car, Fixes It And Sells It To You
Dealer Buys Car, Fixes It And Sells It To You

You were never told about the prior flooding damage

Odometer Tampering On Lemon Cars

Odometer Tampering

In early model cars, there were 2 primary ways to tamper with an odometer; with an ice pick or a drill. After 1990, most cars had digital odometers, making them harder (not impossible) to change. As odometers got smarter, so did crooks.

Today, illegal devices to tamper with digital odometers are readily available. But you should also know that mileage on post 1990 cars is not only recorded by an odometer, but by other computer chips on your car.

Moreover, dealers frequently record the mileage on a car when it comes in for service to see if the work will be covered under factory warranty.

If your new/used car is running poorly, there is a good chance that the odometer was tampered with before you purchased it. There are several ways to verify the odometer accuracy besides the odometer itself. Lets find out together.

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Undisclosed Prior Wreck or Salvage Car

Undisclosed Prior Wreck or Salvage Car

Used car dealers often know of prior damage to a car but fix it and fail to disclose the prior history. They can get away with this for a few reasons:

Neither Carfax nor Autocheck have access to all the records necessary to report every damage to a car. Moreover, when they do have access, often times, they report the damage several months after it occurred.

The Dealer will always know more about the car than you at the time you buy it. Dealers review Carfax and Autocheck reports and also physically inspect a car before purchasing it. If they detect prior damage on a car but note that it’s not on a Carfax report, they will often fix the car as quickly and cheaply as possible and advertise it as “Clean Carfax”, as soon as possible. Just know that a clean Carfax report does not mean much.

If the car was not insured, then there is no insurance company to which to report the damage.

Undisclosed salvage titles are even worse

When a car is totaled, the insurance company usually pays off the owner and takes the car. They are usually obligated under state law, to brand the title as “salvage” when passing it on to the next buyer. However, because states control the reporting of salvage titles and they do not all code titles the same way, a car that has a branded salvage title that is sold to buyer in another state that does not recognize that code will issue a title without the salvage brand on it. This is called “title washing” and it happens a lot. It is highly unethical, but legal. Still, if you were not informed that the car you bought had a salvage title at one point, contact us. You have a rights to damages and even get your money back.

Undisclosed salvage titles are even worse

Undisclosed Prior Use

Undisclosed Prior Use When Vehicle Was Used As Police Car
Car Used As Police

A car used as police car faces far higher risks of accidents, damage, wear and tear on the motor than one that was used by a citizens.

Undisclosed Prior Use Where Car Was Used As A Rental
Car Used As A Rental Car

A car used as a rental car is not respected nearly as much as a car that one owns.

Undisclosed Prior Use Where Car Was Used As Rolling “Meth Labs”
Rolling “Meth Labs”

Rolling “meth labs” are a relatively new phenomena. Guess what happens to them after they are recovered?

Any one of these prior histories of a car can easily be hidden from the unsuspecting consumer. Its unethical and in many instances, illegal, to hide this prior history. The dealer, by examining the car before purchase, knows very well what the history of the car is.

If your used car is acting weird after you buy it, may be it’s worth looking at the title history to see if the car had any prior use that was not disclosed to you

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