Can I go aftera dealership for misrepresenting their condition of a car that I bought?

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Can I go aftera dealership for misrepresenting their condition of a car that I bought?

I bought a car from OH dealership and was told car passed a 129 point inspection with flying colors; I was told this numerous times to complete the sale. When I received car I got a copy of the dealer’s inspection report which states vehicle has many issues (lower intake gasket needs replacement, front hub needs replacing, etc), none of which were brought to my attention. Over $1500 in repairs for a vehicle that passed a 129 point inspection the dealer deceived me when they said car passed their inspection.

Asked on July 22, 2011 Michigan

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Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

In many states there are cases which hold that if a person signs a document, he or she is presumed to have read it absent fraud. Meaning, the signature of the person on the document is a forgery.

In your situation, you received the car at the time of the sale, you received a document that you most likely signed stating many problems with it even though the problems were not specifically brought to your attention. The written document you received contradicts the prior statement that vehicle passed a 129 point inspection with flying colors.

You can file an action for the $1,500.00 spent in repairs against the dealership. However, the chances of you prevailing due to receipt of the dealer's inspection report at sale is unlikely if you dated and signed the document's copy before driving off the lot.


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