Dealer, buyer at odds over purchase of salvaged title car
HOUSTON (KTRK) -- A used car buyer says he was not told the full story about his vehicle. But the car lot says not so fast.
When you buy a used car, you want to make sure the vehicle is free from problems. One car buyer says his car had trouble that he was not made aware of until after the fact. But the seller has a different story.
Rev. Jackie Garrett says he was looking for a car for his daughter found a Dodge Caliber advertised online by LM Motors.
"Checked the engine and everything. Everything seemed good," Garrett said.
Garrett says before he bought the car he asked for a Car Fax report but was handed an auto check report, which is a similar service.
"I seen 2010 Dodge Caliber and then I seen no accidents. So I said that's good, I will read the rest of it later. I seen no accidents so I am fine with it," Garrett said.
Garrett says he was told the car had the door, bumper and mirror replaced. Days after Garrett says he paid $11,000 for the car, he decided to get his own Car Fax report and got a surprise.
"This car was a total loss," Garrett said.
Ron Hernandez sold the Dodge Caliber in question. Hernandez insists he told Garrett the car had a salvaged title before the sale.
"You told him this was a salvaged title car?" we asked Hernandez.
"It is even written on his bill of sale," he replied.
Hernandez even produced a rebuilt affidavit signed by Garrett.
"I am 100 percent covered with a rebuilt affidavit," Hernandez said,
Garret says he did not sign that paper. Meanwhile, Hernandez tells us he specializes in selling salvaged titled cars and says he follows the rules.
"You don't sell salvaged cars without disclosing them," Hernandez said.
The car lot did offer to buy the car back, but the seller says he wants more than the sales price to compensate for lost time and hassles.
Officials at LM Motors are only willing to pay the original sales price.
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