What do I do if when I bought a used car 4 months ago, it showed no accident on the carhistory report but now it’s showing an accident?

Asked on January 5, 2013 under Accident Law, Texas


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

If the seller knew of the accident and, knowing of it, failed to disclose that fact, you may have a claim against him or based  in fraud: fraud is the knowing misrepresentation (lie) about a material (important) fact made to induce someone to do something (like buy a car). Fraud could provide grounds to rescind the transaction (give car back; get money back) or seek monetary compensation, such as for a reduction in value. However, if the seller did not know, there would be no liability. If the car reports are inconsistent, it may therefore be that  the seller legitimately did not know (assuming he/she was not the one who had the accident; if he or she was  in the accident, then he or she would know of it).

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