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Would a mechanic be able to tell if my car has had water damage just by looking at it? The floorboards are rusting through and actually there is a small hole on passenger side, and I'm able to touch interior carpet! How should I proceed if car was sold to me with this damage? Should I get estimates for repair, before returning to dealer that sold car to me a few months ago? If dealer does not want to take any responsibility for selling car in this condition and will not talk to me about it, is there a different route I can effectively take?

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  • kimwhitt528 Nov 08, 2010

    Thanks for giving me some hope/help in this matter. It is very distressing to find out my car has this problem, especially since I've only had the car for a short time. You're advise will certainly help when I return to dealer to discuss. Hopefully these problems will be easy to resolve, if not I will certainly take your advise to seek out legal assistance, if needed.



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This is against the law if they did not disclose the information prior to the sale. I would talk to a lawyer before proceeding to anything. They will be able to advise you on the laws in your part of the country and how to proceed with a buy back, lawsuit or a swap. If the car has floorbaord damage on both sides, this is likely due to water damage. If it is only on the passenger side, this could be due to a leaking heater core or plugged drainage hose with the A/C and had been repiared. The detail guys would have noticed this damage and told their boses!!

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    Kori Policy Nov 08, 2010

    The bad thing is, to replace the floor boards is a major undertaking to a body shop, IF they decide to tackle it. Once there is that much damage, it likely rots other areas going up and makes the structural intergrity very very weak. The car does not have long to live once this happens!!



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