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Q: What qualifies for auto dealer fraud?

Purchased a used truck from local dealership for $23,157 less than 3 months ago. Was told vehicle had been through a 120+ point inspection at time of purchase. Very nice, clean truck with low mileage. We have not had the truck off road, we don't drive it daily. 1 week ago we heard a weird noise, which persistently got worse. My husband crawled up under the vehicle to find the frame is rusted, spring shackle separated from frame, nothing to weld it back to because of the rust. Clearly, the frame had rust damage when sold to us on 4/28/18, which I would consider a huge safety issue. We have put 1500 miles on the truck since purchase date, we have not had the truck in any type of conditions to cause this much rust in less than 3 months. Would this qualify as auto dealer fraud? How do we go about addressing this issue with the dealership? Thank You

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Matthew Williams
Matthew Williams
  • Cleveland, OH
  • Licensed in Ohio

A: It sounds like you have a pretty good issue for a consumer protection lawsuit against the dealership.

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