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Old 10-26-2017, 03:56 PM
 
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Need help:
The dealership sold me a car(3 weeks ago) saying there are no accidents on it.They even showed me a car fax report that says that the car is clean.
I believed them and went ahead signed the agreement;Even paid the down payment and got the car home.
But When I talked to my bank for a better interest rate, the bank told me that there is an accident reported on the car.
I got the auto check report from the bank and took it to the dealership but the dealership said that they don't care what my bank says and they sold the car based on the carfax report which says the car is clean.
As a courtesy, I requested dealership to certify the car at least, but the they are not willing to help. I am stuck here not sure whether to seek legal help or live with it.
Do I even have a case to fight?
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Old 10-27-2017, 04:30 AM
 
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Unless there is a specific state law covering selling damaged, used cars in your state then you really are stuck. You could always threaten to report them to the Better Business Bureau or the local news channel for shady business but you better be able to PROVE the car was in a wreck previously.

Carfax and all the others are just a tool to inflate used car prices, reporting to them is optional and you can request that a shop that fixes your car not to report to them. Carfax and the others even admit in the small print that every case may not be reported.

The fact they won't certify it leads me to believe it was wrecked previously, or they're just too cheap to eat the repair costs for awhile. Just my opinion.
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Old 10-28-2017, 08:04 PM
 
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Thanks emsman. I live in SC..Does anyone know if SC has any such law that protects the buyers? Also, the autocheck report does show the police case#.Is that of any help?

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Old 11-01-2017, 01:13 PM
 
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I don't know what county you live in but with the case number you may be able to find the information. Do a search for Public Index for the county you live in and you can search by case number. You can search by All Case Types or Traffic.

This is the York County PIS website: http://publicindex.sccourts.org/york...ookieSupport=1

Or perhaps calling the SCDMV, if you are lucky and someone answers the phone, you might be able to get the information on the accident. A visit to your local SCDMV might work better.
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Old 11-20-2017, 06:38 AM
 
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Unless we are talking about a very expensive used car, unfortunately the cost to fight this is probably not going to be worth it.

Car Fax is not a good source of vehicle history. Period. I have personal knowledge of four vehicles that had a clear Car Fax record and all had been in one or more accidents requiring significant body and pant repair, including two airbag deployments.
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Old 11-20-2017, 12:57 PM
 
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If they were not marketing the car as a certified pre-owned, and they simply said "the car hasn't been in any accidents based on the carfax vehicle history report" then I would guess you are out of luck. If they told you they 100% guarantee it has never been in an accident, then you might have a case.

You might consider calling a lawyer to discuss. My guess is you signed something during the paperwork that said the dealership is not responsible for the accuracy of the Carfax vehicle history report. You could have called your bank and done additional research on the car before purchasing - and that will most likely be the way the courts view it. The dealership isn't even required to provide a Carfax.
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