When you go in to purchase your new car, it is represented as being in pristine condition. It may be brand new, so you assume that it would be in great condition, or it may be a used vehicle that went through a rigorous inspection – or, at least, that’s what the dealership tells you.
The reality is that the car is at far less than 100%. But you can’t discover all of the potential damage when you’re at the lot. How are you going to find this type of damage after the sale so that you know that it’s time to take action?
From breakdowns to inspections
The most obvious way that you’ll find hidden damage is if it’s serious enough that the car breaks down or there’s a significant flaw that keeps you from using it. But, even if it’s not this severe, you may find evidence of damage or defects:
- During routine maintenance, such as an oil change
- During a repair for an issue that you thought was minor
- When you show off the new car to a friend or neighbor
- When you notice something you hadn’t seen before
- While the vehicle is being customized at a local shop
- When you’re making your own upgrades or doing customizations
When these flaws show up, it can be very frustrating. You didn’t want to have to deal with something like this at all, let alone right after buying the vehicle. You feel that you have certainly been taken advantage of by the dealership and the salesperson who worked with you. If that is the case, then you need to know about all of the legal options at your disposal.