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Woman Sues over Smelly Car - Claims SUV Has Dead Body Smell

Dec 6, 2011
Woman wants money back on stinky SUV.

A woman is suing a car dealership over her SUV, she claims a 2006 Ford Expedition she purchased there smells like a dead body.

She complained to the dealer, but received no assistance, they said the smell could be from a dead animal.

The SUV was purchased when the weather was cold, but as the temperature rose, so did the smell.

"They bought the car while it was still cold out in March," her lawyer tells Detroit News.

"The warmer it got, the worse the smell got."

Margarita Salais of New Baltimore, Michigan then turned to her insurance company for assistance and State Farm investigated.

The result: the reason the Ford stinks like a dead body - it once held one for a while.

The insurance company's investigation revealed that nugget of information the dealer neglected to disclose to the buyer, along with the fact the the SUV was a rental that saw its share of criminal activity as it had also been stolen three times.

She tried to return it again. The dealer refused.

Now Margarita is suing the dealership for $25,000 plus court fees.

"It is possible the dealer didn't know about the smell," her lawyer said.

"What's not very credible or likely is that the dealer didn't know it was a daily rental or had been stolen three times. That should've been fairly obvious from the title history."

Should she get her money back?


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