USED CAR FRAUD
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Q. I bought a used car that doesn't have the factory warranty, but it's still a lemon. What can I do?
In California, dealers are required to disclose all material facts, so your rights hinge on what the dealer knew at the time of the sale. Was the car in an accident and poorly repaired? Some cars have had the odometer fraudulently changed. Other cars were rental vehicles and weren't properly cared for. Cars that were damaged to an extent that they are uneconomical to repair, should have been branded "salvage." The law requires that a dealer who is aware of these things disclose them to you. And remember: dealers are professional car buyers. They know what to look for in a used car. They almost always know what they're buying, and they pay accordingly.
Q. I don't know if my car has any of those problems. I just know that
I feel ripped-off. Is there anything I can do?
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