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    Default FML - purchased a bad vehicle, need HELP!

    First off I created this thread to get help on what course of actions I should take for the idiotic move that I made on my part of purchasing a vehicle that looked great on the outside but got totally owned in the end.

    I needed a vehicle asap because my other one crapped out and I needed it for work. So without any due diligence and little knowledge on cars I purchased a Corolla. I took it for a test drive and it felt like the engine was pretty solid and the body seemed fair for a rebuilt status. Anyways it died on me while I was on the main road then I had it towed to Toyota where they notified me after inspecting the vehicle that it should not have even been on the road and is unfit for safe use. It would require about $3000 worth of repairs for it to be safe for the road again. The tech even told me that whoever approved this inspection should lose their license.

    When talking to this family man who appeared to be a honest man told me that nothing would require fixing and is in working condition but really is a piece! I had called and left messages but have not spoken to the individual that sold me the vehicle yet.

    What course of action would you advise I should take or did I just lose all my money in repairs because of stupidity of making a rash decision.

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    He doesn't owe you anything. Your fault. Buyer beware.

    Now you know for next time.
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    pass it onto the next sucker...

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    Originally posted by ercchry
    pass it onto the next sucker...
    sad but true.
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    Default Re: FML - purchased a bad vehicle, need HELP!

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    Max_Boost is right, when buying a used car privately, it is buyer beware. I did not read anywhere in the post that said the car was inspected before bought?

    You can try and talk to the guy about it, if he is nice, and simply did not know about the problems, then he may try to make things right. Most likely though, he will tell you to pound sand.

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    What is exactly wrong with it that it is "unsafe" for use on the road? I have been fed the "unsafe and we can't let you go without fixing it" line before", 99.999% of the time it is pure BS and a way to con you into spending money you don't need to.

    Did they figure out why it died?

    FWIW, they can't keep you from removing the vehicle from their location either.
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    As a rebuilt status vehicle isn't it supposed to be inspected and pass certain conditions?
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    Originally posted by Unknown303
    As a rebuilt status vehicle isn't it supposed to be inspected and pass certain conditions?
    sure... but who is to say it didnt receive that status 10 years ago...

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    Originally posted by Unknown303
    As a rebuilt status vehicle isn't it supposed to be inspected and pass certain conditions?
    It is, and at a reputable inspection facility, it is a VERY strict inspection.
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    It is a 2009 corolla XRS with 59000kms on the engine. I made this post in seeing if there are options that I could take and not reminded of the stupid decision that I made. I want to exhaust all possible options before I come to the conclusion that I just lost a bunch of money. The tech didn't even check why the car even died yet but the subframe and various other things underneath were damaged. He also stated that whoever approved of this inspection should be penalized and revoked of their license for passing off such a vehicle. From what he believes, he says I should file a report to Transportation of Alberta and a police report because I was sold a vehicle that could of essentially put my life in danger and should not of been sold to me without the seller disclosing that it is unsafe to drive.

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    Did they just say "subframe and various other things", or is there a list and how it is damaged?
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    Originally posted by FraserB
    Did they just say "subframe and various other things", or is there a list and how it is damaged?
    +1 on second opinion

    chnk - did you get under the car to see the physical damage they are talking about? I find it odd they tell you it is so unsafe, bent subframe, "various other things"

    You would think things that "put your life in danger" would be outlined for you, instead of them telling you "various other things"... what things? What is putting your life at risk?

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    I am not someone who is very knowledgeable in cars but he listed a lot of things... bottom line is that he told me that this car is far from toyota standards to be safe for the road again and I could of been at risk... the thread is my next course of action and not what the damages or repairs required are... I am just looking for another opinion on getting this resolved.

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    Originally posted by adam c

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    Originally posted by gretz


    edit - ninja edit fraser?
    Oops, I didn't realize I took the second opinion part out.

    But seriously OP, you need to have a second opinion. That is the next step. It is possible that the car can still be safely driven. I hate to say it, but a mechanic can spot someone who is not car savvy and some will take advantage of that.

    Case in point, my sister just paid a shop close to $500 to change the serp belt, plugs and wires on a Ford van.
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    Not sure what a tech has to gain by pointing out frame damage as it's not a repair that they perform or profit from. Should take it for a 2nd opinion for sure but it sounds from what you describe the tech as saying that this car could have got its rebuild status illegally. That may be your only recourse as if you get two professonal opinions that the car isn't safe you may be able to sue the seller for misrepresentation.

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    Originally posted by ercchry


    sure... but who is to say it didnt receive that status 10 years ago...
    Not sure why I didn't think about that.
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    I would take legal action. No one is aloud to sell a vehicle they know is unfit for driving WITHOUT telling the buyer. There is no such thing as "sold as is". That would mean waving your legal rights and that would constitute a void contract in Canada. THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS "SOLD AS IS". It is complete bullshit. We have a right to buy something that is in good working condition if thats what the seller told you and thats what you assumed when you were purchasing it. If the vehicle never should have been driven as per toyota you have evidence.

    Imagine buying a hang glider from someone who told you it was in perfect condition, then you find out after you buy it that is has a cracked frame and is completely unfit for use. you have the legal right to get your money back.

    "sold as is" does not exist. its a bull shit term that has no leg to stand on in court. Ask a lawyer.

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    private sale=sold as is... only thing the seller would have had to tell him is the active status of the car... which he was aware of

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