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Damaged paint job: I leased a new vehicle in Michigan

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    I recently leased a new vehicle in Michigan and later found out that the paint was damaged in many areas due to something leaking on it either during transport of the vehicle to the dealer lot or else while on the dealer lot. Anyway..obviously the car wasnt inspected well enough before it was leased to me and i didnt realize the issue until my first washing of the car...I contacted the dealership about the problem and their response was sorry about the issue but they wouldnt replace the vehicle and only would have it repainted which i ageed to have them do....after 3 weeks they returned to vehicle to me with a TERRIBLE paint job! The general manager of the dealership assured me that it would return to me "looking showroom new" I guess it was true if the car had been an 86 escort but its a 40,000 dollar truck...needless to say, I am not a happy camper at all! What recourse if any do i have? I mean if I get a new car..i should expect it to look new shouldnt i? what the dealer is telling me now is that theres nothing they can do to make it look as good as the factory paintjob because that is applied differently. should i be stuck paying for a car for 3 years with a second rate paint job because the dealer didnt inspect it well enough before leasing it to me?

  • #2
    re: Damaged paint job: I leased a new vehicle in Michigan

    Based on what you say here, you could file suit against them (or at least threaten to do so) in small claims court or in regular court--you need not accept the damage.


    • #3
      re: Damaged paint job: I leased a new vehicle in Michigan

      Hi i have a similar case as this bought i actually bought the car, it hasnt been painted but it has been clay barred and detailed by the dealer. I send in the letter that comes prior to arbitration ( per my states lemon laws) and now the dealer wants me to sign a paper saying that if during their repair attempt (wetsanding) any thing happens i will be liable for all repairs to my own car and they was their hands of it. Even thought I took the car to THEM because they told me to to have it wetsanded. The general manager after seeing i send the manufactor the letter said it is a DOG EAT DOG WORLD and that they dont care if my car gets fixed.

      Prior to purchaseing it it had a layer of dirt on it so i couldnt see all the acid rain spots on the car, they didnt prep the car when they got it in ( the service manager told me this and my owners service manual isnt checked off) so thats why its like that.

      So can i take them to court? I havent even paid my 2nd payment yet, and i discovered it a week after i bought the car and had it washed.



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        re: Damaged paint job: I leased a new vehicle in Michigan

        Yes you sure could!


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