[WA] Problems with Purchase of 2003 Toyota Camry
Last edited 18/05/2019 - 19:21 by 1 other user
Thanks for having me on this forum. If this is not the right place for this post, please move it.
I have some issues with my car and I need some advice. About 6 months ago I bought a used 2003 Toyota Camry Altise from a registered dealer in the city. It is my first car, I have no experience with buying cars and basically no knowledge of them (besides driving). Anyhow, the dealer said that the car passed a service just a week before and that everything was working as it should. He signed a contract that he had delivered the car in “road worthy condition”. I also got 12 months warranty. He said I should get it serviced every 10,000 km or 6 months.
So, because the car to me seemed to work fine, I took his word for it. Yesterday I had the car serviced, and they found several problems.
- Lower control arm (rear) bushes. Had not been replaced since car was made. Almost off.
- Front right indicator does not work. Holder for it completely missing.
- Missing/defunct brake lights.
- Air filter needs change.
The only one of these that seems in order is the air filter. But, the mechanic said that the rest of the problems have been there since before I bought the car. Which to me means that the dealer sold me a car that was not “road worthy” or safe. I called both the dealer and my warranty company. The dealer said that it is not his responsibility and I should have “checked the car better” before I bought it. The warranty company says that none if this is covered. So please help me understand.
How can none of this be covered under warranty? How can he sell me a car of this condition and get away with it?
Most of these things I can repair for $100.00. But, the lower control arm will cost me $300+. It that really necessary to replace? Can I do it myself in any way for a cheaper price?
Thanks a lot!