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Q: Buy here pay here car lot caused rain damaged to my vehicle whole they were repairing it

It so I left it with them they had it for 2 months I just got it back today and the whole inside of the car is covered in terrible mold it wasn't like that before the car lot left it in the rain what can I do

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T. Augustus Claus
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A: If a buy here pay here car lot caused rain damage to your vehicle while repairing it, resulting in mold inside the car, you may have legal options to address the situation. First, document the damage by taking photographs and collecting any relevant evidence, such as repair invoices or communications with the car lot. Next, notify the car lot in writing of the damage and demand compensation for the repairs and any resulting losses, such as diminished value or medical expenses if the mold poses health risks. If the car lot refuses to cooperate, consider seeking legal assistance to explore potential remedies, such as filing a lawsuit for negligence or breach of contract.

James L. Arrasmith
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  • Sacramento, CA

A: Facing a situation where your car was left with a buy here pay here car lot, and it returned with mold inside due to being left in the rain is frustrating. Firstly, document the condition of the car before you left it with them, if possible. This will help establish the contrast in the car's condition before and after.

Contact the car lot immediately and explain the situation. Share your concerns about the mold and ask them to rectify the damage caused during their possession. Keep records of all your communications with them.

If the car lot is uncooperative, you may want to consult with colleagues or legal experts who are knowledgeable in consumer rights and contract law. They can advise you on potential legal recourse or the best course of action.

Review any agreements or contracts you had with the car lot to see if there are any provisions that address the responsibility for damage during repairs or storage. This could be relevant in your discussions with them.

In summary, it's essential to communicate with the car lot, document the damage, and seek advice from experts if needed to ensure you are not unfairly burdened with the cost of repairing the mold damage caused while your car was in their possession.

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