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3 ways people discover hidden damage affecting a newer vehicle

On Behalf of | Jul 15, 2021 | Dealer Fraud

Buying a brand new vehicle is a major investment that probably makes you feel proud. A new vehicle looks good and can be fun to learn how to handle. Adjusting to new technology and getting everything in the vehicle to align with your personal preferences is an engaging, if lengthy experience.

Most people will finish adjusting to their vehicle within a few months and drive it until it is time to upgrade again. Unfortunately, some people will discover significant defects in what they thought was a perfect, brand-new vehicle. There are typically three primary ways that someone who recently bought a new vehicle will discover hidden or latent defects in that vehicle.

Through a manufacturer recall

The dealership where you bought the vehicle may reach out to you to alert you to a recently discovered defect. Recent automotive recalls have occurred for reasons ranging from an elevated risk for engine fires while vehicles are turned off to defective airbags.

Usually, when a manufacturer recalls a vehicle, they will make arrangements to repair or replace the defective components so that the vehicle is safe to drive and retains as much value as possible.

Through maintenance, customization or repairs

Quite a few people understand that they should take a used car to a mechanic to verify its condition before making an investment. Almost no one takes a brand new car to their trusted mechanic.

The assumption is that a new vehicle will not have any problem. However, routine maintenance might uncover a latent defect. A minor fender bender and the repairs it necessitates could also lead to the discovery of a vehicle defect. Even customization or detailing done by a professional might lead to a report warning you of a more serious problem with your vehicle.

When you, a co-worker or a neighbor suddenly spot something unexpected

One day, when you walk up to your vehicle in the parking lot, you might spot something unusual. A co-worker walking with you to your vehicle or a neighbor who sees you pull out of your driveway could also spot warning signs of big problems with your vehicle.

When you buy a new vehicle, it should be in brand new condition. If you suspect the dealership hid the defect or if they won’t work with you now that you’ve noticed them, you may need to learn more about dealership fraud and lemon laws in Pennsylvania.

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