1. Free Legal Help, Legal Forms and Lawyers. TheLaw.com has been providing free legal assistance online since 1995. Our most popular destinations for legal help are below. It only takes a minute to join our legal community!

    Dismiss Notice

Could've been killed!

Discussion in 'Car Sales, Dealers, Repairs, Lemon Law' started by Elaine Smiley, Oct 11, 2021.

  1. Elaine Smiley

    Elaine Smiley Law Topic Starter New Member

    Messages:
    1
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    1
    Jurisdiction:
    Colorado
    Hello and thank you in advance for any assistance that you may be able to provide. My husband and I recently purchased a used vehicle which could've killed my husband when the tie rod literally fell out of it! We were not provided with a buyers guide for this vehicle which I recently read may have bearing on this case. What, if any, legal recourse do we have? I notified the dealer of another issue with a check engine light just days before the tie rod fell out but was informed that the business owner was walking out of the door right then but would return my call: to no avail thus far.
     
  2. Zigner

    Zigner Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    3,996
    Likes Received:
    2,149
    Trophy Points:
    113

    Glad he's alright.
    If you have a warranty, then avail yourselves of it. If not, then I am assuming your purchase was "as-is". You will need to get your vehicle repaired if you intend to drive it.

    What is the year, make & model of the vehicle?
    When did you purchase it?
    What was the mileage when the vehicle was purchased?
     
  3. justblue

    justblue Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    2,481
    Likes Received:
    1,102
    Trophy Points:
    113

    Was this a private sale or a dealer? Di you have the car checkout by a (your) qualified mechanic?
     
  4. zddoodah

    zddoodah Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    5,065
    Likes Received:
    1,430
    Trophy Points:
    113

    Maybe it's a Colorado thing, but I've never heard of a "buyer's guide" or received one for any car I've ever bought. What is it?

    Most used car sales are on an "as is" basis. Did you get a warranty from the seller (or was the manufacturer's warranty still in effect and properly transferred to you)?
     
  5. adjusterjack

    adjusterjack Super Moderator

    Messages:
    9,580
    Likes Received:
    3,202
    Trophy Points:
    113

    Here is some information from the FTC about the Buyer's Guide requirement.

    Dealer's Guide to the Used Car Rule | Federal Trade Commission (ftc.gov)

    There are penalties involved so I suggest you file a complaint with the FTC.

    You can check with the Colorado DMV to see if Colorado has any similar buyer guide requirements.

    Home | Department of Revenue - Motor Vehicle (colorado.gov)
     
    army judge likes this.
  6. PayrollHRGuy

    PayrollHRGuy Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    1,546
    Likes Received:
    762
    Trophy Points:
    113

    It isn't a colorado thing. And I'll bet you have. Here is what it looks like...
     

    Attached Files:

  7. zddoodah

    zddoodah Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    5,065
    Likes Received:
    1,430
    Trophy Points:
    113

    I've seen those. Got it.
     
  8. Tax Counsel

    Tax Counsel Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    2,035
    Likes Received:
    1,190
    Trophy Points:
    113

    The Federal Trade Commission's buyer's guide for used car sales by dealers is required to be placed on the car (sellers usually put it on the window). It's not much — it basically discloses to you whether you are buying the car as is or with some kind of warranty. See my link to the FTC site that displays what the guides look like. If one of those was slapped on your car at the time you looked at it before buying it the requirement was met. You might not have paid much notice to the stickers slapped on the car. Most people don't.

    If you bought the car "as is," then the problems with the car are yours to deal with, not the dealer. Did you have the car inspected prior to purchase?

    You cannot successfully sue for what might have happened.
     

Share This Page