Local woman buys used car and it breaks down next day

AUGUSTA (WJBF) – A woman who just moved to Georgia is surprised to find out that the state doesn’t have a lemon law for used cars.

Angela Smith bought a car from a local dealership last month and less than 24 hours later, the car broke down.

Smith says she and her son found the perfect car at Autoplex.

It was a 2006 Toyota Highlander with 127,000 miles for about $15-thousand-dollars.

The next day, Smith says her son was driving the car and it started smoking.

“Something fell from the bottom of the car. There was a loud noise and the car just coasted off the freeway to Sandbar Ferry Road,” Smith said.

The transmission blew. Smith had to have the car towed.

First it was brought to Autoplex, but she says they told her she bought it as-is, so it was up to her insurance and extended warranty to fix it.

“They need to have a higher standard. That’s the bottom line. It’s not cool to not do a full-inspection on the cars you’re selling to your consumer,” Smith said.

Her car is now sitting at an Augusta Toyota Dealership.

Smith says the warranty company has been slow to get the car fixed.

Mechanics say it will need a new transmission.

They also say the warranty company has been difficult to work with.

Smith says she just wants her money back and wants to buy another car instead.

“Once that happens to you, you’re frazzled. You can’t go in that same car again because you don’t trust them,” Smith said.

The warranty company tells us they are sending an inspector to take a look at the car.

Consumer protection attorneys say if you’re buying a used car, you want to make sure there’s a warranty on it.

You should also bring the car to a trusted mechanic to have it inspected.

In Georgia, unless there was fraud involved, once you drive the car off the lot, it’s yours.

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