What to do about a used car that broke downimmediately after purchase and just keeps on breaking down?

UPDATED: Jul 31, 2011

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What to do about a used car that broke downimmediately after purchase and just keeps on breaking down?

I purchased a used car 5 months ago. The air filter box didn’t have clamps and the car overheated/broke down when Itried to drive it on a road trip that weekend. I fixed it with ducktape. The car needed an axle shaft replaced and the front brakes completely redone. It also lacked a left turn signal and had a bad battery. Last weekend the car blew a head gasket and overheated on the freeway. I lost my job because I have no transportation. The car has cost me over $1600 since I bought it for $3000. Is the dealer at fault?

Asked on July 31, 2011 Arizona


FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

If your purchased the used vehicle from a dealership, you need to rarefully read the written contract that you and the dealer signed for the sale in that its terms generally control the obligations and warranties (express and implied) that may have come with the vehicle.

If you purchased the car "as is" from the dealership, there is not much you can do about the sale of the uses car regarding taking it back to the dealership unless you can show that the dealership knew about certain defective condtions with the vehicle before the sale and did not disclose such to you.

I would contact the dealership to discuss the problems you have had with the care since purchase to see if there might be something that could be done to make things better for you from a customer standpoint.


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