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Can I File a Lawsuit for My Car's Hidden Frame Damage?

Allen Stewart
Can I File a Lawsuit for My Car's Hidden Frame Damage?

According to State statute, customers who have been the victims of auto fraud, including buying a car with frame damage and water damage, are entitled to compensation. The dealership's motivation for engaging in vehicle fraud is greed. 

1-What should I know about the damage to the car's frame?

The foundation of a vehicle's safety is its structure. With the doors, panels, and engine linked to it, it serves as the skeleton of the automobile.

Modern cars are built with the frame "crumpling" in the event of an impact. The frame absorbs the energy from the collision due to the crumpled effect rather than the driver and passengers. Buying a car with frame damage puts your safety at risk, in addition to the possibility that it won't operate as it should.

2-Can auto dealers market a car with a damaged frame?

Before selling a consumer a car with frame damage reported, a car dealership must abide by one rule—failure to declare car frame damage results in auto fraud if it is not done in writing. The frame damage must be disclosed. Consumers should seek a knowledgeable car fraud and frame damage attorney when auto frame damage is not revealed to them.

3-How to identify car frame damage

Be prepared for an open denial that is wholly untrue. When the client confronts the dealer after realizing their automobile has been damaged, the dealership, in our experience, will deny knowing about the frame damage. Unfortunately, the dealer thinks they can get away with it because this scam is usually successful. Unfortunately, the dealer thinks they can get away with it because this scam is usually successful.

Customers typically learn about frame damage in one of several situations: when they attempt to insure the car, and the insurer rejects the claim because of the damage; when something goes wrong with the car, and the mechanic or body shop finds out about the damage; when they take the car in for routine maintenance and the mechanic finds out about the damage; or when they buy an AutoCheck or CarFax report and find out the truth.


A dealership may occasionally display to a customer a CarFax report that has not yet been updated to reflect damage or a CarFax for a different VIN. Obtaining the CarFax and AutoCheck reports and having the vehicle inspected by an impartial mechanic before purchase are two thorough ways to investigate the vehicle's history. 

Final thoughts 

Contact the attorneys at Allen Stewart if you, a family member, or a friend purchased a vehicle with frame damage reported, water damage, or other damage. The attorneys are skilled in holding dishonest auto sellers accountable for supplying consumers with damaged autos. The ability to terminate the finance agreement, return the car for a complete refund, and seek damages for fraud are all possible remedies.

Andrew Richardson is the author of this Article. To know more about Lemon policy please visit our website: allenstewart.com

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