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    Default Accident at Dealership Before Taking Ownership

    My question involves a consumer law issue in the State of: New York

    I agreed to buy a car earlier this week, put down a deposit & signed loan documents. The dealership was supposed to have the car ready for pick-up today but just called to say that the car had been in an accident and would need to be fixed prior to delivery. The damage is supposed to be minimal, a scrape on the fender, but I haven't seen the car since it was in the accident. Am I stuck with this car now since I have agreed to purchase the car, or do I have the ability to cancel this deal?

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    Default Re: Accident at Dealership Before Taking Ownership

    If the damage is minimal, you're probably bound to your contract. Run the full details and a copy of the contract past a local lawyer.

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    Default Re: Accident at Dealership Before Taking Ownership

    I would think that this can go either way ... this a new or used car?

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    Default Re: Accident at Dealership Before Taking Ownership

    What statute or case law do you have in mind?

    Chips, dings and minor dents are fixed as a matter of routine when dealers detail new cars.

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    Default Re: Accident at Dealership Before Taking Ownership

    Certified used.

    The dealer is going to replace the bumper & fender, it seems.

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