If I bought a used vehicle that had a problem the dealership refused to fix so I posted a online compliants, can I be sued for that?

I drove the car a half mile to fill up the tank with fuel. The gas gauge failed to work. I went back to the dealership and they refused to fix it. They said I signed off on it. I had no idea it was bad and it wasn’t stated anywhere about the problem. I started posting on their website about the ordeal and get sent a letter stating that I am interfering with their business. I am told if I don’t stop I will be taken to court. Can they do that legally and win?

Asked on June 15, 2015 under General Practice, Kansas

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

Legally, you can only be successfully sued if you are making untrue statement of fact (so, not stating opinions and not stating true facts); if you are making untrue factual statements that damage another person's (or business's) reputation, that is defamation. So legally, depending on what you are saying, they not have grounds to sue you.

The problem is, it is almost impossible to stop someone from at least filing a law suit and forcing you to defend against it, spending time and possibly money. Therefore, you are better off not posting the comments, even if you believe that they are true--whatever emotional satisfaction posting gives you is probably not worth having to deal with a lawsuit, whether it is a valid one or not.


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