Bought a used lemon. Now what?
December 17, 2013 7:10 AM Subscribe
How can I end the suffering of having purchased a terrible used car under duress?
posted by anonymous to Travel & Transportation (15 answers total)
About four months ago, in desperate need of a car, I purchased a 2007 Mini Cooper from DriveTime. My credit is terrible right now post-divorce, and I was in a pinch. I've already learned the lesson of sub-prime lending and even more sub-prime customer service.
The Mini Cooper, mechanically sound as the mechanic said it was, blew up in a tunnel and stranded me and my family until help could arrive. The following Monday, I had the whole mess dragged back to the dealership where we were told we could "roll back" the deal and get into something else on the lot. However, if I didn't buy a car from them that day I'd lose my deposit. Furthermore, I wouldn't be allowed to take anything off the lot for more than a test drive. No 24 hour test drives or going to mechanics.
I was unable too walk away, and didn't feel like I could afford to lose my very sizable deposit. So, I chose a car I had owned before which served me well—a 2005 Subaru Outback. It's miles were high but it test drove well, had a good Carfax report. As you can predict, it's a little more than 90 days later and it's falling apart. If I complete the *next* round of repairs, this car will have needed:
- AC compressor (done in first round)
- Wheel bearings (done in first round)
- Power steering pump
- Half axles left and right
- EGR sensor, as the cruise control no longer works
I bought one of those warranties because I *had* to. They would not sell me a car without it. It allows me to make small co-pays for many repairs. Wouldn't you know it, they find a way to deny almost every claim I make. They also make me pay for a rental car for any time it's in the shop and not being actively worked on. Waiting for parts? I get to pay for the rental those days.
I want out. This sucks. This isn't the kind of sucks where the radio doesn't work and the guy said it did. This car is barely drivable. I can see down this road, and it's constant repairs. DriveTime refuses to take it back. Even if I pay it off completely, they still won't even take it as a trade for a calendar year. Help? Any ideas? I'm in Virginia if that helps anyone.
I fully realize my mistake(s), but being in this kind of a bind makes one do dumb things. My financial situation is still as such that I can't afford lawsuits, etc. If there really is no remedy, I can take it; but if there is, I must be missing it. Thanks any and all for your help.