Am I responsible for a vehicle that isn’t running right on a trade-in?

I had a vehicle that was in the shop for repairs that I have had problems with, so I decided it was time to get rid of it. I found another car online that was out of state with a small dealership. They agreed to do a trade in with me without seeing the car first and knew it was in the shop. Well they finally receive the car after the mechanic said it was fixed, and it isn’t running right at all they say. They say their is all kinds of issues that wernt there before, and what it was in the shop for they say it isn’t fixed either. Am I responsible for any of this?

Asked on July 16, 2012 under General Practice, Georgia


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Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

If you disclosed in writing to the dealership that you traded your car in for the problems that you were having with it and provided the paper work concerning the repairs, then you should not be responsible for any problems with it that may have later occurred.

The car repair facility that did the work may have an issue. However, if you did not disclose such material information before the trade in then you may have some issues raised by the dealership.

Personally, for the car dealership to have accepted the car as a trade in sight unseen was poor judgment by its representative who was handling the transaction.

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