Date registered: Apr 2004
Location: The BlueGrass State
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While it might be a bit late for a 2001 model, I would talk to a couple of independent repair appraisers and have them assess the cause of the rust AND the cost to repair. Depending on their analysis and advice you might have recourse.
There are ways to determine if a car has had damage repair and a respray by looking at the paint and the body panels.
Now you didn't fill out your profile so we don't know where you are. You might be in a high acid rain area or near a chemical plant or park your car right next to a major highway and just not wash/wax it enough to protect it from the elements but those factors will go toward a determination.
Since you have already talked to the dealer, leave them out of the next level of investigation. They will not necessarily be helpful in making a determination as to why paint failed, as an example. It would cause them problems.
And don't take the word of CarFax, it is not really worth much as dealers know how to hide expensive damage that never sees any CarFax report.
Being smart is knowing the difference, in a sticky situation between a well delivered anecdote and a well delivered antidote - bear.