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Old 02 Jan 2011, 10:31 pm
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Default Honda Hybrid. My engine fell!!?

I have a question....I bought a used hybrid 07 that had been in a prior accident. I took it to get checked out by Honda and they gave it a thumbs up saying there was no frame damage and I bought a good car. Next thing you know, The engine mounts broke and the engine fell. When I had the car towed to Honda he told me it was under warranty but it was not since the 3 year time frame is over. I bought the car as is from the used car lot so there is no recourse there. The Honda dealership told me it fell because of the damage done in the accident, the bolts might have been overtightened or something when whoever repaired it worked on it. I am going to have a $4k bill, but don't know what to do? Do I have any recourse anywhere?? What should be my next step?


Thanks but it was not a salvaged car, just a car that was in a minor accident that I bought from a used car dealership, not Honda. But I did take it to Honda to get it checked out. Do they really have any obligation because they checked it out and said it was a good car?
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Old 02 Jan 2011, 10:46 pm
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did you git any thing from honda saying it was safe to drive if you did then take it in to the and the paper work and tell them that sence thay checked it over and this happend after giving it a clean bill of health that you might just need to take legal action! just watch what thay will do for you! no car dealer ship wants a lawsuit they will bend over backwards for you
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Old 02 Jan 2011, 11:01 pm
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I really hope you got it from a Honda dealership, anywho first thing is first make sure you are assertive enough the next time you walk into that dealership threaten them with the old "lawyer" word and tell them you will call BBB and report them to Honda of North America if they don't take proper action because they were the ones who checked it out but then again.

Okay I read your question again... As-is means as is,I'm really sorry to hear what happened but thats just the rule of the game. Any car that has a salvage or rebuilt title has so many puppet strings... now I dont know where you live, but I dont know if your car was suppose to be State inspected and passed, but if it was, then your engine mounts should have been on that list depending on how long it was ago. If it was 3 years ago since you bought it, then tough luck because motor mounts are a maintainence item, they need to be changed every 50 to 80 thousand miles. Good luck.
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Old 02 Jan 2011, 11:16 pm
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THIS SUCKS you need to play nice with honda, the more they put in writing exactly what happened, the better it will be for you, I suggest you ask honda for a written repair order, ask them to please write down what happened, and why they believe the motor mounts broke, then ask them for a complete parts list (the problem at this point, is first to get the car fixed, there is no instant recourse, however, I believe because you can prove the chain of events, a severe accident, and later damage, Someone is going to pay this, if you can, pay it, and put everybody and thier mother who touched the car on a small claims suit. The vehicle was not fixed properly, something was broken before you got it, so the body shop who repaired it, the dealership who sold it (and made some good money) or the honda dealership who dropped the ball, (this is why I do not recommend severely damaged vehicles) things can, and often do go wrong later.

I would check in your local area for attorneys, you need to get a free half hour consultation, or pay a 35 dollar fee for a half hour through the bar association to see who to sue first, or if you should just add all of them on the suit. By documenting the history, car fax, anything in writing , try to get the original estimate for repairs to see if the motor mounts were checked. (because engines do not just fall out ok? that was very dangerous. And if you prove in court, with the badly damaged car that was fixed only to fall apart later you make multiple copies of all records, put them in the clear plastic page protectors in a binder for each business you sue ( and make one for the judge, its not going to be difficult , for you , because truthfully YOUR ENGINE FELL OUT!!! good luck, If you know an attorney who can help you organize it, this would really help, you cannot take an attorney to small claims court, but one can give you advice right up to the court.
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