When you buy a car, you know that it’s going to break down at some point. It’s going to need repairs. All vehicles do. This is just a given, and many people specifically budget for these future needs.
However, you also expect it to last for a certain amount of time without major issues. If it breaks down right away, are you just unlucky? Or was there something else going on behind the scenes?
How many miles were on that car?
For instance, maybe you bought a car that, though used, looked like it was in very good condition. It was a few years old, but the salesperson told you that the previous owner rarely drove it. A better indicator of the life of the car, they said, was how many miles were on it. When you checked, you saw that it didn’t have very many.
Shortly after you bought it, though, the car started having issues. You took it to a mechanic, who was concerned by the number of problems with so few miles. That’s when you realized they had rolled the odometer back to make the car appear “newer” than it really was.
Doing this is a felony. Dealerships are not supposed to alter this type of critical information for exactly this reason: It inflates the car’s value to an artificial level. Not only did you pay too much, but now you have an unreliable vehicle that you have to pay to fix. It may be time to start looking into all of your legal options.