(Closed) Sue the car dealer? Modified Used Car

posted 6 years ago in Legal
Post # 2
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2016

This is why I’ll always recommend buying the car and doing the mods yourself. Modified cars are a lot harder to work with because you never know who did the work and how well it was done.

Fiance works at a car lot and from what I understand there isn’t anything that can be done legally if you buy as is.

Post # 3
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Busy Beekeeper

I would assume the As Is means no givieses backess but a lawyer might be better counsel. There are several online forums where you can pay a small sum, $30/ $40 for advice 

Post # 4
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Have you called the dealer, if they have s 100% guarantee?  Otherwise, you signed the as-is without having a mechanic check it out (at least, I assume this is the case), so I think you’re out of luck…

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2017

I am not sure if lemon laws apply to modified or used vehicles but maybe look into that. I really don’t think there is much you can do other than keep getting mechanics to look at it and see what is really going on. A loose battery terminal can be diagnosed by other mechcanics not just modified car ones. They may be able to find out other things going on as well even if they don’t know much about the modifications. Do you have any knowledge of the modifications that were done? Are you capapble of fixing them? If so work with the dealership to see if they can help guide you to what is going on or use the mechanics to guide you. 

Post # 7
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Signing the As Is agreement I think voids anything you find wrong and doesn’t give fault to the dealership. 

Post # 8
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2016

Also, if they sent it to a modified specialist in their area they are probably someone they do business with frequently and that could affect the diagnosis.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Also, the issue might be as simple as needing a new battery or an alternator. Take it to a local mechanic to see if they can diagnose the issue. May not be related to any modifications that have been done. 

Post # 10
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2016

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daisyb214:  Normally, I’d think you were out of luck, but given that it died so quickly, you may have some room to negotiate here. I think I’d stop with the dealer and very quickly file a complaint with the attorney general’s office for your state and cc the complaint to the dealership. If they suspect fraud or any underhanded business dealings, they’ll probably invesitgate. Since the dealership isn’t willing to work with you, this might be the most expedient solution.

Post # 11
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Helper bee

I work at a car dealership and we have high standards for any used cars we put on our lot. If it’s got over 100k miles or even smells like it will be a problem child, we put it out to auction. We don’t want our reputation tarnished by faulty cars for reasons exactly like you’re stating here. What I’d advise is for future used car purchases, have your mechanic check out the vehicle prior to signing any paperwork. Most dealerships will allow a borrowed vehicle agreement where you may borrow the car for a specified period of time. Since you signed “as is” paperwork, my initial feeling is that you absolved the dealership of responsibility at that moment. While it’s crappy that they probably knew the car had issues, in the future just make sure you do all your due diligence. So sorry you are having to deal with this!

  • This reply was modified 5 years, 6 months ago by 801wife.
Post # 12
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

I work at a dealership as well, and signing the “as is” agreement basically makes anything you feel entitled to null and void. You won’t get a cent in court, and I wouldn’t waste your time. Signing an “as is” deal without having a mechanic check it out is always a huge risk because you take on any and all responsibility and you are now entitled to nothing. Sorry 🙁 

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

Have you contacted the dealer again? I think you have to give them a fair chance to resolve the issue. How is the car modified? 

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