When buying a damaged used car, it’s important to consider several factors. You should obtain a vehicle history report to determine the scope of the used car’s accident1. It’s also important to consider the accident car’s title status1. A car with a salvage title has undergone extensive damage (such as in an accident or flood), which usually means you can buy it for much less than market value2. However, while saving money on a used car is appealing, you might want to think twice before buying a car with a salvage title2.
Reselling a car with an accident history may be harder in the future1. If you decide to buy a car with a salvage title, it’s important to get a full inspection by a mechanic you trust and check the car’s history2. You should also see when the salvage title was issued2.
If you purchased a used vehicle that turns out to be damaged, you may have some legal options to seek compensation or remedy. Depending on the circumstances of your purchase, you may be able to file a claim against the seller, the manufacturer, or the dealer for breach of contract, fraud, misrepresentation, or warranty violation. However, before taking any legal action, you should first try to resolve the issue with the seller directly. You should contact the seller and explain the problem, provide evidence of the damage, and ask for a refund, repair, or replacement. If the seller refuses to cooperate or denies any responsibility, you should then consult a lawyer who specializes in consumer protection or lemon law cases. A lawyer can help you evaluate your situation and advise you on the best course of action. You may also want to report the seller to your state’s consumer protection agency or attorney general’s office for investigation.