How Hidden Damage Can Affect Used Car Values

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By | 2018-02-13T20:58:28+00:00 November 21st, 2012|Inspecting a Vehicle|3 Comments


  1. larry wight July 3, 2014 at 4:31 pm - Reply

    hidden or unreported damage can not always be detected then what? caver emptor I guess

  2. Robert vasquez January 6, 2016 at 11:01 am - Reply

    I bought my 2007 Lexus from Carmax
    What is it worth today 90000 miles ?

  3. Joanna Amich December 5, 2016 at 7:57 am - Reply

    I bought a 2001 Ford Focus from a dealer. He said the only thing the car needed was a tune-up. Within 3 weeks the car was overheating. I took it back to the dealer and he didn’t even look at the car, just said the antifreeze needed “topped off”.Within 2 weeks the car was overheating again. I took the car to a certified mechanic and he put the car on the lift and ran pressure tests. He said the head gasket was blown and because of that the antifreeze could not cool the engine. I was led to believe the car only needed a tune-up. I would never have paid $1400.00 cash for a 2001 vehicle with a blown head gasket. I am retired and living on a fixed budget. I cannot afford to have the repair made to this car (it will be more than the car is worth). I feel I have been defrauded. I have read about a “merchantability” implied warranty and wondered if this could be used to require the dealer to repair the vehicle or refund the $1400.00?

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