Re: Car Purchase Gone Bad
by CherylV - Posted Mon February 22, 2010 @ 12:06 PM
Two words: due diligence. Never, EVER buy a vehicle sight unseen. EVER! One exception might be ebaymotors.com as that is a feedback-based marketplace. Regardless, it is not difficult to hire a mechanic to inspect the vehicle prior to purchase. Due diligence.
Why did you NOT complain to Audi? After all the dealer did not manufacture the car, they only facilitated the sale of it. Audi made it.
Did you fly halfway around the country and then not even bother to drive it down the street to an independent mechanic for a second opinion? If not, shame on YOU. Due diligence. Hope you don't ever make such a foolish mistake again.
Sounds like the blame should go in this order: #1) YOU for investing thousands of dollars to purchase this car and airfare, meals, etc... and then NOT spending an extra $100 bucks to have a second opinion. Blame #2 should go to AUDI, as they made a car that didn't last forever. See how well that works.
I don't know of a single dealership that would tell you "NO" if you asked to take it to a mechanic for a closer look. If they did, then they would have something to hide. If they do, no worries.
Seriously, due diligence. It's not a difficult concept.