Q: I was sold a car that had a 125-point inspection, took it to a mechanic and there were issues that should've been found
The car dealership advertises that they do a 125-point inspection and the issues that were found total up to almost $2,000. I researched what type of issues are looked at with this type of inspection, and with the information that I found there is no way that an inspection was done. Is this false advertisement and are they allowed to sell me a car saying it had 125 inspection when in fact it did not? The mechanic that I took the car to says there is no way that they did not know that the issues that the car has could have been missed with an inspection like that.
Potentially; SC has a Motor Vehicle Dealer's Act, which prohibits deception in advertising or in statements made to you about the condition of the car. So, if Dealer said it had done an inspection (in advertising or elsewhere) but did not really do one, Dealer could be sued under the Dealer's Act.
Whether or not a case can be taken by a lawyer sometimes depends on how big the dealer is; smaller dealerships are sometimes difficult to pursue because of financial issues and the costs of recovery. However, all dealers in SC have to carry a 30k bond, so a complaint to the SCDMV may also be helpful, even against smaller dealers. Big dealerships in situations like this are generally worth pursuing.
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