How do I sell a car I know to be dangerous?
February 10, 2014 6:44 AM Subscribe
My car accelerates on its own. It think it needs to be taken off the road. How can I go about selling it in good faith?
posted by release the hardwoods! to Law & Government (17 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
It is very shameful to me that I have allowed this to go on for so long. My car accelerates on its own. It’s a 2009 Toyota Rav 4. It has happened about twenty times in the past year. It happens mostly when I’m decelerating rapidly. Putting the car into neutral has been my way of stopping the acceleration. When the acceleration is happening (and with the brake pressed down) the throttle seems to be fully open and the car lurches and bucks against the brakes. The engine is very loud, racing (270 hp). If left on its own for more than a second or so it becomes a pretty intense scene. Being unprepared for it would be extremely dangerous.
I took the car to a dealership and explained the problem. They ran a full diagnostic and said nothing seemed wrong and told me I probably had my foot on the gas by accident. I am 100% certain this is not the case. On several occasions I have looked. Also, there has not been a floor mat in the car since it happened the first time.
Probably relevant: I got a postcard about a class action lawsuit that had small print and said that if I didn’t opt out of the lawsuit I can’t pursue Toyota legally and I’m sure I didn’t opt out. Chances of finding that postcard are poor.
Also relevant: it might be possible that Toyota will install a feature that will cut engine power in case of simultaneous application of both the accelerator and brake pedal at certain speeds and in certain driving conditions. (Simultaneous application is not what's happening in my car, though.) And I don't want the car fixed; I don't trust it at all anymore.
Also perhaps relevant: I could most likely replicate the problem.
My wife is telling me to sell it. I feel like this car needs to be off the road and not in another driver;s hands. I do not want the problem fixed, I want it out of my life. We owe less than it’s worth and I’d like to get at least what I owe by selling or trading. But the thought of selling this car to a dealership and then having this problem happen to someone else is keeping me up at night. There's no way I'd sell it to a private party.
Can I sell or trade this car in good faith? Any ideas how I could get my money back for this car somehow? Any thoughts at all? Thanks for your time.