I'm posting this for a family member, so please don't be too hard on me. My parents purchased a 2007 Lexus IS 250 from a small reputable dealership about an hour away. At the time of purchase, the price was fair, clean AutoCheck and clean CarFax, and it appeared to be in good cosmetic and mechanical shape. Keep in mind, it was winter time with freezing temperatures and snow on the ground. All the cars are in an outdoor lot, so inspecting the car with a fine toothed comb did not immediately come to mind. That added with the good reputation of the dealership made for an easy sale. Fast forward about 8 months to a couple weekends ago. We had a very professional detailer come to the house for a rather basic inside and out job with minor paint polishing. The detailer started out in auto body work and has years of experience in that field. He immediately noticed what he described as a very poor repair job on the car. It appeared that the front driver's side door was t-boned. Several seams don't match up perfectly, there is over spray on various parts of the car, etc. Whoever repaired the car either wanted to do it cheap, didn't know what they were doing, or both. To top it all off, every history report I can get my hands on states NOTHING about an accident. Looking at the car in detail it is rather clear that there was an accident at some point. If it were my personal purchase, I would have inspected the car from top to bottom before signing on the dotted line. So my questions are:
- Isn't it illegal to NOT report an accident to insurance or at least the DMV?
- Isn't it illegal for a dealership to take possession of and sell a car with a false history report?
- If you were in this situation, what would you do? Too bad lesson learned, or delve into this deeper?
I fully trust what the detailer reveled. I'm sure 90% of people wouldn't have noticed this unless they knew what they were looking for. Any advice is greatly appreciated. Thanks!
EDIT: A total of 4 dealerships had this car in their possession before the sale. I'm guessing we will be hard-pressed to play the blame game on any one of them.