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Why would a dealer want to sell you a damaged vehicle?

With how many drivers are on the roads these days, car dealerships continue to give millions of people vehicles to join the other motorists. However, not all of these transactions will include a properly functioning vehicle. Thankfully, there are more people aware of the possibility of a faulty vehicle these days.

While some dealerships sell a defective car by complete accident, some trick or give customers these problematic vehicles on purpose. Many customers question why they would do such a thing when the customer could file a lawsuit against the dealership and put them at both legal and financial risk. It is imperative to be aware of these motivations before you head into the dealership to pick up your vehicle.

They do not want to fix it themselves

When dealers transition cars between locations, they could find that the process damaged the vehicle they were selling. Some dealers offer to fix any scratches or dents that happen along the way themselves, but it costs money and means they will get less out of the transaction. This leads others to sell the car as it is after warning the customer about the damages during the transition. It is ultimately up to the dealer whether they want to risk losing the purchase by telling the customer, or lying about it and hoping that the driver does not notice.

They want to keep their trade-in value high

On top of spending the money to fix a car, used cars with open recalls would reduce in trade-in value the longer they wait for repairs. Dealers have a better shot of making more selling you a faulty car now than waiting weeks or months to get it ready for the road. As long as the car is used, they do not have to lose time and money on something they could get a couple thousand dollars off of.

They want to sell you something better

Some dealers know you are going to catch them selling a defective car. In fact, they are counting on it. This is because they want you to step up your standards when purchasing a vehicle. Since you were nearly tricked into purchasing something old and defective, they expect you to now try to get something newer and more expensive to be on the safe side.

Most reasoning towards selling you a faulty vehicle can still make them liable under Pennsylvania’s lemon law. If your dealer put you in danger by selling you a damaged car, an attorney with experience in lemon law can help you seek justice for their unfair actions.

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