Car dealer is a thief
DEAR HARRY: Earlier this year, I purchased a used car for my daughter from a nearby dealer. I also purchased an extended warranty that ran for five years from the end of the manufacturer's warranty. In November, the transmission died. The shop sent the bill for replacement to the warranty company, which reported that it never had a warranty deal on the car. The dealer had kept the premium and never registered the warranty. The dealer keeps giving me a continuous runaround with no real answers. Do I sue him for the full value of the car, the value of the warranty or the value of the repair? My daughter loves the car.
WHAT HARRY SAYS: This guy is not a toad; he's a thief! You need to go after him for the cost of the repair as well as enough premium to carry the warranty through to the final date you agreed to. You have to get confirmation of the new warranty from the warranty company as soon as you get your settlement. This rule goes for any insurance policy. Make sure you get the policy from the insurance company. A number of years ago, we discovered that a new client was doing the same thing with property-insurance premiums. As an agent, he collected some premiums and never notified the insurance company. He paid small claims himself. When he had his first large claim, he submitted the application at the end of the month, but dated it before the loss. He lasted one month as our client.
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