Hey, I can’t talk to the dealership until they open again on Monday, so figured it didn’t hurt to have a 2nd opinion about a car I recently got a couple weeks ago(yes, earlier this month). I’m in VA btw.
I usually don’t jump into a situation without some kinda research, and I had never gotten a vehicle from a lot before, but I got an '07 Saturn Vue because I needed something and idk now what possessed me to not get it checked beforehand. It’s felt pretty smooth but I started to pick up on subtle noises that I wasn’t sure about, so I took it to a local shop for a simple check up to ease my nerves.
Turns out the noises I’ve been hearing are pretty typical for this car(I just wasn’t used to it) and it handles well, buttttt… here’s the ugly thing. When they called me back up, they said they needed to talk to me about something that was bad. The car was on the lift still cause dude wanted to point out something major to me and… the frame rust is -seriously- bad (on both sides, and that’s an understatement) to the point that you could just about put your fist through it. How long it’ll hold is anyone’s guess.
He said I should ask for my money back/get something worked out if anything, [ETA: but yeah, I’ve noted from here and offline that I should contact a state police regardless, which I am doing now. Idk why I entertained the idea of waiting altogether]. The sticker is from December, but, with how dangerous of a shape that frame rust is in, mechanic flat out told me that no way in hell that car legally passed inspection in December, because that was -years- worth of neglect to get to that point. Basically the frame is what caused them to immediately stop going over things because of how blatant a safety issue the vehicle is on that alone, and that it was good that I brought it in the moment I felt uneasy about -something- cause the average person probably would’ve ignored it.
Could see if a tie rod or something relatively minor had play that went unnoticed initially but this?? And it somehow ‘passed’ inspection??! I understand some of these side street places don’t have the best rep but what in the heck…