Is a dealership liable for failing to disclose “structural damage” to me?

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Is a dealership liable for failing to disclose “structural damage” to me?

I purchased a 6 year old car from an auto center” a year ago for $9,499; I still owe about $8,200. We found out this weekend that the car had been prior structural damage from an accident according to a carfax where we were going to trade it in at. We’ve been told that the car is worth significantly less than book value due to the “unknown” extent of the damage. Specifically, an estimate of $3,500 value. Is the auto center liable for failure to disclose the damage (and the hugely reduced value)? The bank doesn’t know either.

Asked on February 14, 2012 under General Practice, Washington

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