What type of info do dealerships legally have to provide about a used vehicle?

UPDATED: Apr 4, 2012

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What type of info do dealerships legally have to provide about a used vehicle?

I bought an SUV from a large local dealership. I took it for general maintenance and found out the frame has been damaged and welded, along with many other things. Is there anything I can do to get my money back or get a different car (not that I would want a different car from them)?

Asked on April 4, 2012 under General Practice, Indiana


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Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

A car dealership (new or used) has the legal duty to diclose all information it knows about a vehicle it is selling that would affect the desirability and or price paid by a willing buyer before the sale closes. Failure to do so is concealment. Key with respect to your question is whether or not the car dealership actually knew if there were problems with the vehicle that you bought that were not disclosed to you.

I suggest that if you want to cancel your purchase of the car and return it, you consult with an attorney that practices in the area of automotive law. You can also make a complaint against this dealership with your local department of motor vehicles about your situation. This entity oversees the regulation of car dealerships in many states in this country.

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