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My Dealership Lied To Me
My Dealership Lied about Crash Damage. Now What?
Car frame damage compromises your vehicle’s ability to protect you in an accident. Almost every vehicle sold in the United States is built on an integrated unibody structure in which the car’s frame and body form a single piece. Car frame damage also dramatically affects a vehicle’s resale value, prompting some less-than-scrupulous dealerships to lie about previous crash damage. If your dealership lies about car frame damage, you should immediately contact an auto fraud attorney.
Auto fraud attorney Andrew Ross with Allen Stewart, P.C. said dealerships are not required by law to disclose if a vehicle was in an accident unless the buyer asks the seller about known prior accidents.
“Used vehicles are primarily sold ‘as is,’ meaning the vehicle does not have a warranty,’ Ross said. “However, this does not mean that a seller can lie to the buyer if asked about prior accidents. As such, lying about prior accident damage is significantly worse.”
Ross said if the dealership lied about past crash damage when asked, or provided a falsified vehicle history, you may have legal recourse and you should contact a lawyer as soon as possible.
“The buyer’s potential claims must be brought within a certain period of time after a date determined by law,” he said. “If the buyer does not bring their claim within that time, they will be forever barred from pursuing their claims by the statute of limitations.”
Ross recommends getting any damage you suspect occurred before purchase verified by a third party mechanic and getting an estimate for the repair cost. He also recommends ordering a CARFAX vehicle history report as well.
The Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act allows a consumer to pursue a claim no later than two years after discovering the violation. The Act protects Texans against false, deceptive and misleading business practices, including lying about crash damage.
If your dealership lied to you about pre-existing crash damage, you may have a claim. The auto fraud attorneys of Allen Stewart, P.C. can help you recover your economic losses. Don’t wait; contact us today for a free evaluation of the merits of your deceptive practices trade claim.