my car according to vin is a 2013 but the dealer keep insits that it is a 2015 because first registration is feb 2015 is that right

Asked by May 09, 2015 at 02:56 PM about the Kia Sportage

Question type: General

I bought this vehicle as a late 2014 model, but the model I got production was stopped and feb 2014 the new production came out with a face lift, front and back, the wheels is also different. The car is rusted in the engine bay, the body underneath is rusted, there is scratches and paint chips. When I first contact the dealer and obtain a offer to purchase she gave me a price on an automatic Sportage and a different colour, the following week she send me different photo's of a CRDI man but the price stayed the same I don't know what to do, they want to fix the rust on this car. Can you please give advise

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If a VIN check says it's a 2013 then it IS. They are wanting to pawn off a 2 year old car as a 2015 because it sat unsold. First registration does not make it a '15 Usually they don't keep unsold inventory that long. Something is really fishy here... What does the registration say as year? Not date first sold...there should be both on reg.

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Let me have the VIN and I will run it.

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In my opinion, the VIN# would correspond to the actual build date of the car. But it sounds like all of this is irrelevant if you've got rust in the engine bay and the underbody + paint chipping away?? For a 2013 or 2014, that sounds really fishy to me! I would seek out a lawyer, as you might have been sold a flood vehicle.

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And RUST all over? Was it sold to you as new? Lots of States have lemon laws and rust will be a defect.

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Hiya RacerX. Been a while. You do know who I am right?

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Hey FordNut! Yes I do know who you are (I won't reveal your secret identity on here though! LOL!). Seems like we're short a few "gurus"..as crazy as Judge Roy was...at least he was on here consistently. You'll see me on here on a more or less regular basis, but I won't be answering questions that folks can just Google themselves!

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Hi man. This one really smells bad...eh? Good point about flood car, didn't think of that. On a 2 year old car.

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Sometimes that's what leads people here...Google it and CarGurus is on the list of answers

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After Hurricane Sandy a few years back, there was a MAJOR problem in my area (NJ) with Car Dealers trying to pawn off Flood Vehicles as regular used cars with clean titles after they cleaned up the cars a bit! VERY scary!

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Speaking of flood vehicles and Hurricane Sandy, NJ DMV had a link on their website where you could run any VIN to see if a flood insurance claim was made on it. You could check any VIN no matter how old. I don't know if the link is still up but it might be worth a look. As far as model year designation goes the VIN is the last word. Whatever it says is the legal model year of the vehicle. I smell a scam with this poor poster. Time for them to contact a lawyer. HTH. -Jim

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