Just want to post a note that it happened.
My wife wanted to purchase a Pre-Certified Used E320 Mercedes with 9,000 miles in late 2004 from a MERCEDES DEALER and one of our requirements was NO PRIOR ACCIDENTS. She was assured that the reason she was buying the Certified car for TOP DOLLAR was because it was a beautiful car with NO ACCIDENTS. It came off a lease and the "dealership did all the work on it so they know". So she purchased the car ... $45,000.00
Yesterday her insurance company has inquired concerning (2) prior losses before she bought the car due to a pending unrelated diminished value claim being pursued - ( a car driven by a 16 year old backed into her car while it was parked 2009 ).
Called the body shop TODAY at the Dealership and they confirmed
(2) accidents previous to her purchasing the car which were relatively minor - about $2300 repairs total in 2003-2004 ... Accident #1 (Scrape on side rear fender buffed out and brake light cover replacement) ... Accident #2 (replaced fender front, new wheel, and alignment) They're now on the CARFAX report.
Moral of this story ...........................
DON'T TRUST A DEALER when they tell you - MERCEDES or OTHERWISE the car they are trying to sell you was NEVER IN AN ACCIDENT. Don't rely on a CARFAX being accurate.
DO get a second opinion from a knowledgeable mechanic BEFORE you buy and spend lots of $$$$$$$ as to condition and any prior vehicle damage.
We are now faced with having 2 additional losses being reported on CARFAX.
We still love the car but selling it without losing 2-3 grand probably means we're keeping it till it dies, or we do, which ever comes first.
Anybody have a similar situation and what did you do about it? Thinking about a call to a lawyer.