Asked in Consumer Law and Products Liability for Tennessee

Q: Bought a used car 2 months ago with only 1/2 the buyers guide posted on its window...

2014 Mazda 3 purchased outright 2 months ago. Since then, I’ve noticed significant rust on its underbody. I haven’t been completely under there to take a look, but there is much more rust on its suspension parts than one would expect on a 2014 car. More rust than two 15 year old vehicles I have. A week after buying, A week after buying I pointed it out to the dealer and just got the run-around. But I get new tires in a week, and will ask the mechanic to take a look and get his opinion.

Anyway, do I have any case with only 1/2 the Buyers Guide posted on its window? It shows the warranty, but is missing the section that shows areas to inspect before buying. I am nervous this car may be prone to rusting and would like to actually return it if I could. Other than the rust, it has been a fine car. But with the Buyers Guide half missing, it would just be my word against theirs, wouldn’t it?

1 Lawyer Answer
Peter N. Munsing
Peter N. Munsing
  • Products Liability Lawyer
  • Wyomissing, PA

A: If they knew or should have known, that's one issue. Check the VIN number and get a carfax report. They could have. Your better claim may be through the State AG's office of Consumer Affairs.

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