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Dwayne Lane Dodge in Everett, WA Complaint - selling unsafe and making fraudulent claims about vehicles

Review by Skookum on 2005-08-20
EVERETT, WASHINGTON -- I purchased a 2001 Dodge 3/4 ton diesel truck on 08/13/05 from Dwayne Lanes. The past owner was a salesman at the Dealership. I was told they don't normally sale vehicles that belonged to employees.

Well my journey. I noticed this morning (8/20/05) that the tailgate was not quite right. I climbed underneath and found the frame rail on the passenger side rear was bent and moved about a 1/4 to 1/2 inch forward. A carfax showed the title clean. However the right rear also was repaired with fiberglass tape and a poor paint job. I have informed Dwayne Lanes of the problem and am waiting for them to fix the problem. I will know more on Monday 8/22/05. I am hoping they will provide me with a new truck or cancel the deal.

There are issues I believe of non-disclosure of a damaged vehicle (frame rail can be a safety and very serious issue). Putting up a vehicle for an employee and not disclosing this information is fradulent ( I will be contacting the WA Attorney General on Monday also).

The vehicle was pre-inspected. I am not sure what they are looking for since my wife was able to find the damage when I asked her to look at the rear of the vehicle.

So for now I will be optimistic and believe they will make it right on Monday and I will can this from a complaint to a compliment. We shall see.

If they is anyone else with similiar issues please email me.

kfifield@whidbey.net

Cheers
Comments:1 Replies - Latest reply on 2005-08-22
Posted by Anonymous on 2005-08-22:
First, a dealer has no obligation to disclose damage on a USED vehicle (they may not have noticed the damage either). Second, your claim of fraud for selling an employees vehicle is B.S. Dealers can sell any vehicle they want provided it meets the state inspection laws (where do you think used vehicles come from???). Third, if this dealer does anything for you, you should be grateful because as long as this vehicle meet all the state requirements the dealer owes you nothing. Ever here of buyer beware??? Question though, if this damage was noticed right away by your wife, why did you not notice it BEFORE you bought the truck??

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