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Unread 06-07-2012, 01:24 PM   #1
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2 years ago I bought a certified pre-owned Acura MDX from an Acura dealer. It was previously a leased vehicle and my sales guy pulled up the service record for the vehicle so I could see how well maintained the vehicle was. I was told it had never been in an accident, but it had 1 tire replaced due to a flat, so they put 4 new tires on it when I bought it.

My bumper-bumper warranty will expire in Aug, so I decided to have my squeaky passenger door looked at by my local Acura dealer (moved during this time, so different dealership). They said it was a hinge, ordered my part, and today I dropped my vehicle off. They took it to a 3rd party body shop (this dealer doesn't do body work) where it was discovered that the vehicle has previously been in an accident and had body work done (not very well) which is the problem. Acura won't cover the warranty on it.

I've contacted the dealership I bought the vehicle from and I think they are going to cover the body shop bill. But I am still angry. I didn't pay for a vehicle that has been in an accident and when I decide to sell this vehicle it will affect the value of it. Do I have any legal recourse? I paid cash for it, so I don't have anything financed with Acura. What is reasonable for me to ask of the dealership?

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Unread 06-07-2012, 01:40 PM   #2
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Having worked in the used car industry myself; if a title is bad in one state, it is re-titled clean in another state.


Why do you think Carfax is so big?


Get a Carfax and your sale invoice. Go back to the dealer and tell them that they sold you a lemon. Based off whatever your state's lemon laws, you may just be granted the warranty.
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Doesn't matter what they told you, you need it in writing from a document from them describing the title as clean. Unless you have that you have nothing.

If it DOES say on the title you got from them that it was in an accident, YOU SIGNED IT! Again, doesn't matter what they say, you signed off on it.

If the title that you got from them says it's clean, and you can prove that it was damaged, and that it was repaired previous to you buying it from them you have a case.
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