When It Comes To Accidents, It’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”

July 10, 2009
By: Robert Silverman

Three calls came into the 1-800 LEMON LAW hotline this afternoon from folks who were looking to save some money by buying used cars.

All three people later found out that their cars were in accidents prior to purchase.  In two situations, the accidents were not even listed on carfax.  Of the three, only one asked about the car’s accident history to which the salesman replied the car had “no accidents that he knows of.”  That client is the only one of the three who has a potential claim for misrepresentation.

When it comes to accidents, unless the car has a salvage or R title,  the dealer does not have to disclose anything unless you specifically ask “was this car in an accident?”

If you are planning to purchase a used car, you need to ask questions.  Check out our lemon dodger worksheet before you buy and bring it along on your spending adventure.  The right questions now can save you thousands “down the road.”

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One Response to “When It Comes To Accidents, It’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.””

  1. #1 Gilbert colon says:

    I bought a jeep less than 2 weeks ago and I have spent over $300.00 on it also the auto has a recall on it and the used car dealership sold it with a false inspection and lied about the condition and fault’s about vehicle. Please advise me of my rights as to what can be done. Thank you hope to hear from you as soon as you get this message.

    • State: New York

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