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I bought a car with rust

Asked by Gary and Cheryl Carling.

The 2008 Mitsubishi Triton 2wd trayback we recently purchased from a private seller had rust on the chassis, but no rust anywhere else. We filled in a change of ownership slip and sent it to Mitsubishi noting that the warranty could be transferred to the new owner. We took car to our local dealer, who after inspection advised they would not be honoring their warranty because we had purchased the car knowing it had rust. ?They advised if we were not happy to contact Mitsubishi, which we did. They advised they would back their dealer because they had no knowledge of the history of the car.? The seller told us he wouldn't be silly enough to take a 2wd on the beach, and we think there would be evidence of rust in other places if he had. ?Have you heard of other cases like this. The warranty on Mitsubishi is a big incentive for buyers and we wonder whether it is worth the paper it is written on.

Answered by CarsGuide

8 Mar 2011 Carsguide.com.au

You should have walked away having seen the rust instead of going ahead and buying the car, but having bought it you’re in a bit of a pickle. You need to assemble all of the information about the car’s history that you can, and then consult an independent expert to get an opinion on the cause of the rust. It’s a little unfair on Mitsubishi to present them with a claim without any supporting documentation to back it.

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