This is a perfect example of why you should ALWAYS run a Carfax before buying a used car……
I was driving directly behind this vehicle. It’s obvious that the frame was bent or broken and rewelded (incorrectly) because the vehicle itself was not straight. You can tell because of the vehicle in front of it. We were in a straight stretch and the driver was driving straight, it’s just the rear was not following as it should.
If this vehicle is driven much I can only imagine the cost of keeping it maintained. Beginning with the tires not wearing correctly. Not to mention the driveshaft, axles, universal joint……
We had a problem a few years ago with a vehicle we bought from a local “reputable” dealer. We asked two seperate times if it had been wrecked and was told no. We asked to see a Carfax and was ensured by the sales manager that he didn’t have it on hand but he had seen it and promised that there were no problems with the vehicle.
Had we pressed the issue or ran our own Carfax we would have discovered that the vehicle had been totaled and restored, then a salvaged title was issued.
The dealership would not buy back the vehicle. We had to get a lawyer involved and force them to take it back.
It was a ugly situation.
Especially the part about me ranting and raving all through the dealership showroom. And yes, they threatened to call the police.
Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned was definitely the thought for the day at that dealership.
Normally, I am a very calm, lets handle this nicely, quietly and in an adult way kind of person. Don’t care much for confrontation. But after several months with no cooperation from them and payments adding up I was beyond nice and quiet. They were not exactly nice about the whole thing either.
My personality is kinda quiet, fun loving and goofy, but Lord don’t piss me off. (Just ask my husband) tee hee
You know what’s really bad is that I hate when people force me to “defend” myself. Don’t think that if you get loud that I will back down. It will only get me started, because I can be just a little irritated and someone will try to intimidate me by raising their voice and towering over me….
well, let’s just say that a woman scorned is mild.
I don’t like being angry, I don’t like confrontation, but even more so I don’t like being intimidated.
How did this post go from buying a used car to my anger management process?
Anyway, if you are thinking of buying a used car….
Write down the VIN (vehicle identification number) from the dashboard or driver’s door and run a Carfax! “Most” reputable dealerships will run one and show it to you. Chances are they have already ran one and it will be in their file.
And ask questions. South Carolina has a disclosure law that states that you don’t have to tell if you are not asked. My lawyer said because we asked on two seperate occasions if the vehicle had been wrecked and were told no, that because of this law it would be the basis of our case to force them to take back the vehicle.
So there’s your lesson for today by someone who had to learn the lesson at the school of hard knocks. LOL