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Unread 04-19-2012, 05:18 AM   #1
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Angry Toyota dealer charged me full price for a salvage

I bought a 2003 Toyota 4runner about 2 years ago for 11k. When I went to try to trade it in the other day, I was told that it was a salvage title. Is it illegal for a Toyota dealer to sell a salvage title to a customer? SincE it's been about 2 years, is there anything that I can do or am I stuck with it? The dealer is located in Irvine, Ca.

There's nothing wrong with it and I'm selling it because it consumes too much gas. Ideally, I'd like to get a used Honda Accord or Civic Hybrid.

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Unread 04-19-2012, 06:22 AM   #2
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It depends on your state. In TN it is perfectly lawful to sell a salvage title'd vehicle as long as it's been certified safe to operate on public highways. Also, that salvage title could be there because it got T-boned by a suburban going 55, or it could be there because someone left a window down and rainwater fried the electronics.


On the efficient car, don't get the hybrid. They aren't that much better, the batteries cost a fortune to replace, and don't last all that long. Look into a Jetta TDI, 45MPG average and every bit as comfortable as an Accord.
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TDI Jetta for the win!!
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TDI Jetta is only a good choice when it works...

As for the legality, there's got to be some sort of disclosure law.
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Here a dealer can sell any vehicle, written off/rebuilt, as long as they declare it's status.

Had a dealer here a couple of years ago that sold a Caravan as new, no declaration. After having the sliding door slide open on its own while driving, with her kids inside, and many visits to the dealer to fix it, she took it to another dealer. They took one look at it and told her it had been written off. She went back to the dealer who sold it and they denied it had been damaged. She had to get a lawyer involved and then it came out. The van had been dropped off the transport truck, $15,000 damage. She sued and got her money back. Dealer lost their dealer's license.
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But doesnt the dealer have to advertise it as a salvage? They cant falsly advertise a salvaged car as new.
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But doesnt the dealer have to advertise it as a salvage? They cant falsly advertise a salvaged car as new.
That's what I'm saying
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I've worked with 2 dealers that work with salvage vehicles.

So long as they state that it is a salvage vehicle, it passes a level 3 MVD test (which is just checking the badges, matching the multiple VIN's, and airbags are not deployed), and it is covered for the state minimum warranty (15 days/500 miles), it can be sold legally.

Now, one of them, whose name I will not disclose as he's a really good family friend, does not replace any missing airbag sensors and check if the control unit is even functioning.

I had to leave that place, and I did. I ran and did not look back. Though, he's still a good family friend.
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