Can a dealership sell me a car that has unfixed frame/unibody damage without notifying me?

Asked on September 4, 2012 under General Practice, Washington


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Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

Under the laws of all states in this country, if a car dealership knows that a car that it is selling has a condition that is material to its desirability or price paid by a willing buyer, its issues must be disclosed to all potential buyers preferably in writing before the sale.

In your situation, if the seller knew of the damages condition of the car that you bought before the sale and did not disclose such material facts to you, you have a claim for "concealment" a form of fraud entitling you if you can prove such, the costs of repair or possibly the ability to rescind (cancel) your purchase. I suggest that you consult with a consumer law attorney further about your matter.

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