Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Lehighton, Pa, USA
Re: What are my rights?
First, I spent $3500 in one year for repairs on a Toyota Previa by a local dealer. The repairs were terrible, one problem after another. Their warranty was not worth the paper it was printed on. After two weeks leaving it there to fix the $1200 brake repair, they left a note and said not to bring it back. I should have taken them to court. Instead, I was pissed and traded it for the next headache. It later turned out my complaints to the Toyota owner went no where, as he was out for months from a heart by pass surgery. So,
I got burned on an out of State purchase, trading the Previa, as it was THE only vehicle of its kind I could locate and really wanted. I went after the dealer for seven months.....can not begin to express the STRESS I went through trying to hold him responsible for all the problem he guaranteed it would not have. Did not even pass State inspection. The van was in more than three garages for nearly three months. $4k later in repairs, all is well. BUT, the dealer basically said tough luck buddy and said "try and get it", offered $300 after repeated calls from AMEX Corp Offices rep, and NOT ONE agency within his selling region cared.
He stated I had not paid the sales tax, filed improper tax paperwork in two States, the list goes on and on. He even mentioned he got away with this with no less than fifty out of State purchases, and to just try and do something about it. I was furious.
No one from any State of Federal Agency did a damn thing. NOTHING!
So, if it is no big deal, either live with it or get another car.
If you can prove it, can afford a liar, take the guy to court. Anyway you cut it, you lose.
Otherwise, save the stress, money and move on. Many told me the same, I did not listen and I had to do what I felt was right. In the end, it cost me way more than it was worth to do so, but sometimes that's just the way it is.
I could not have lived with myself had I not at least tried. It took me four years to pay for that mistake.