Car dealer blames customer for catastrophic engine failure during test drive | H. Dennis Beaver | Columnists
If a car dealer lets you take a car for a test drive and it suffers catastrophic engine and transmission damage, are you responsible for the repair costs?
Note that I didn’t say “because of something you did wrong”, but rather that there was a breakdown that occurred while you were driving the vehicle.
Confused? So was my reader, “Alissa,” who lives in a suburb of Los Angeles not far from one of the most scenic yet dangerous sections of Interstate 5, which connects southern California to the Central Valley.
Found the “ideal” used, compact and sporty car
“It’s your fault because of the demotion”
“Trying to rip it off” were the auto mechanics’ comments
A little chat with the owner of the dealership
Dennis Beaver practices law in Bakersfield and welcomes comments and questions from readers, which can be faxed to (661) 323-7993 or emailed to [email protected] Also visit dennisbeaver.com.