Crash curse

My son bought a 2005 Honda Civic Type R from a dealer three weeks ago. The nearside headlight unit held condensation and we asked an independent motor engineer friend to replace it. Whilst completing the work our friend noticed overspray around the old headlight unit and, on further examination of the car, found that a very
poor but, total respray had been carried out. In consequence I have obtained an HPI check of the car, which shows nothing untoward, and now intend to approach the dealer to see how he proposes to deal with my son’s (presumably) reasonable complaint. What should we expect to hear or receive from the dealer?

Asked on 24 July 2010 by CM, Sheffield

Answered by Honest John
The car could have been crashed, repaired and repainted. If it had not been an insurance total loss it would not have been recorded by HPI. The dealer isn't liable unless he told your son that the car had never been damaged or repainted.
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