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Soldier Settles with Car Dealership due to Pro Bono Attorney Help

September 23, 2016

A young Army servicemember purchased a vehicle and a year later, brought her car back to the dealership for an annual inspection. The mechanic informed her that it appeared that the vehicle was previously in an accident. However, the soldier was never in an accident and when she purchased the vehicle, the car dealership did not provide information about this damage in their certified pre-owned inspection document. The servicemember took the car to another mechanic who agreed. Due to a bent frame, the soldier’s insurance company told her that the vehicle was essentially totaled and she was quickly referred to an experienced volunteer attorney in her jurisdiction by the ABA Military Pro Bono Project. The servicemember’s attorney was able to research the legal issues governing her case, review background materials, advise the soldier on her legal rights and engage in communications and negotiations with the car dealership regarding the repair of her vehicle. Due to the generous assistance of her pro bono attorney, the servicemember was ultimately able to agree to a settlement which provided for the repair of her vehicle and reimbursements for previous repairs.

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