What to do if the dealer can’t fix my car?

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What to do if the dealer can’t fix my car?

I bought a used car on an “as is” contract. The car broke down on my way home from the dealer. The dealer took the car back and still has not been able to fix the problem. They worked on this same problem several months ago, before I ever bought the car. It has been a month since I purchased the car. I took out a loan and am paying interest on a car I don’t have.

Asked on September 1, 2012 under Business Law, Washington

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Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

Under the laws of all states in this country the seller of an item such as a car is required to disclose all material items as to it affecting price paid or desirability to a potential buyer. Failure to do so is a form of fraud called "concealment". In the matter that you have written about, even though you bought the car "as is", it seems that the dealer recognizes a problem with it that is its responsibility to fix.

I suggest that you speak with the dealership's manager about the dealership cancelling your purchase of the car where your loan is paid off by it and the dealership keeps the car. If that is not acceptable, I suggest that you consult with an attorney that practices in the area of automotive law.


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