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Do Dealerships Lie About Previous Accidents on Used Cars?

  • Case: Client v. Mitsubishi Dealership
  • Claim Type: Dealer Fraud
  • Vehicle Year: 2018
  • Vehicle Model: Land Rover
  • Vehicle Make: Range Rover Velar
  • New/Used: Used
  • Contract Type: Purchase
  • Specs: N/A
  • Defects & Repair Attempts:
    • Check Engine Light
      • Despite the dealership claiming the vehicle hadn’t been in any accidents prior to being purchased, the client noticed that the check engine light would be on at all times. The repair shop that the vehicle was taken into attempted to get this fixed, but it was unsuccessful.
    • Fog Lights
      • The client had noticed that the fog lights on the vehicle wouldn’t light up, and when taken in for repairs, the repair shop noticed oddities such as the lamp not being properly secured as well as showing signs of damage.
    • Suspension
      • At high speeds, the client had felt a vibration coming from the left side of the car. When taken for repairs, the repair shop was unable to recreate the problem, and no repairs were issued. 

Do dealerships lie about previous accidents on used cars?

When you purchase a car, the last thing you need to think about is the dealership you’re getting it from. The car, the costs, the negotiations, etc. should be what’s keeping you busy, the dealership you’re going to should just be the middleman between you and your car. But many dealerships are known for lying, manipulating, or committing crimes against their customers. This was the case for one of our clients. This client had gone to a local dealership to purchase a used 2018 Land Rover Range Rover Velar. The dealership had assured the client multiple times that the car was as good as new. But, as you may have guessed, this was not the case. After purchasing the vehicle, our client noticed a few issues with the car, including:

  • Check Engine Light – Despite the dealership claiming the vehicle hadn’t been in any accidents prior to being purchased, the client noticed that the check engine light would be on at all times. The repair shop that the vehicle was taken into attempted to get this fixed, but it was unsuccessful.
  • Fog Lights – The client had noticed that the fog lights on the vehicle wouldn’t light up, and when taken in for repairs, the repair shop noticed oddities such as the lamp not being properly secured as well as showing signs of damage.
  • Suspension – At high speeds, the client had felt a vibration coming from the left side of the car. When taken for repairs, the repair shop was unable to recreate the problem, and no repairs were issued.

After a series of repairs, the client had realized that the dealership was lying. From the shop noticing prior damage, to the vehicle with defects from day one, it was obvious to the client that the vehicle had been in an accident prior to purchase. This is, unfortunately, a common practice among used car dealerships and has led to the common reputation of used car dealers being shady and deceptive.

The dealership that our client had purchased their vehicle at was especially notorious for this practice of repairing used cars and not disclosing it to their customers. Multiple reviews have called the dealership out for the practice, but despite this, they continue to lie to their customers and sell repaired vehicles. Luckily, our client reached out to the Margarian Law Firm, which specializes in dealer fraud.

Dealer fraud occurs very often and, in many forms, as well. It is very important to keep an eye out when purchasing vehicles since these shady dealerships are rampant. But everyone makes mistakes and might fall victim to this form of fraud. In this case, it is important to reach out to someone who can help, like the Margarian Law Firm.

The Margarian Law Firm can help you defend yourself against shady dealerships. It specializes in Dealer Fraud, as well as Lemon Law and Consumer Class Actions. It is very important to look out for yourself and get the proper compensation you deserve in case you get scammed, whether if it’s a vehicle dealership or a vehicle manufacturer. If you have been the victim of any one of these previously mentioned crimes, call The Margarian Law Firm at (818) 553-1000.

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