Bought an '05 Elise from Lotus of San Diego in early October (this is the new dealer, not Symbolic) and have a question about their legal liability.
I was told that the car had been fully inspected before sale. I was also left with the impression that it had been serviced. The salesman and the finance manager both said the car had been "gone through" or words to that effect, and that I had nothing to worry about.
But when I followed up with them post-sale, I found out that the car had not been serviced (not even an oil and filter), despite that fact that they had zero service records for it (other than they did the oil line recall last year).
So I reluctantly took it for a full service at the new West Covina dealer, and asked their tech to give it an inspection. Turns out the oil was very old and dirty, the brake fluid was (in his words) 'disgusting', the A/C compressor is leaking, the rotors are right at the point of needing replacement, and the rear suspension bushings have migrated out of the control arms.
Even if I eat the cost of a full service, I'm still going to be into the car for ~$2000 for the bushings, rotors, and A/C.
Their general manager has not replied to any of my e-mails so I'm going to go over his head to complain to their parent company. I will also contact Lotus USA.
My question for LTers is what legal liability do they have? The car was sold 'as is' and I didn't get an independent inspection. On the other hand, they made claims to me about the car's condition which were not true. And some of the worn parts impact the safety of the vehicle (brakes and suspension).
If I have a legal case, I would consider taking them to small claims court.
05 Elise, ST, sports, touring, hardtop, DBA 4000 slotted discs, Ferodo DS2500 pads, Sector 111 gpan3, EP Tuning Quickrack, Pro Alloy rad, DS brace, HnT pad, front and rear tow hooks, CG lock, ORE double cup holder (caffeine for track); '86 911 Targa (sold); '68 MGB (being restored)