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I bought (financed) a 2012 certified pre-owned Nissan Versa hatchback on dec 1st 2013 from a Nissan dealership and when I bought it, the cup holder in front of the shifter was completely melted through. Like you could see the wires inside the car under it. They said they would order a new cup holder to replace it, and I could bring it back in to get it fixed. Well I took it in on Saturday Dec 21, and when they took the cup holder out, they noticed that a cord under it was melted as well. They said the car is unsafe to drive because at any moment while driving, the shifter could move up or down, and also the key could come out of the ignition. So now I am awaiting on them to order a new cord to replace it for me. I don't have to pay for any of this, but shouldn't they have checked that out BEFORE they listed the car for sale? Isnt that a requirement for listing a car a certified pre-owned? I have the check list they did on the car of the inspection, but I do not know under which category this issue would be under. Either way, every single item is checked off as "Meets Stds".

Is there anything legally I can do about this? I feel I was lied to when I bought the car because it in fact was not all the way inspected when it was supposed to, since it is a "certified pre-owned".

Here is an image of the cup holder when I bought it. When I took it into the service dpt, the guy said he couldn't believe they sold the car to me like this.
 

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Could it have been reposessed and the repo guy had to hot-wire or splice in an ignition switch? Was an aftermarket radio there where a stock one is now? Could it have been stolen and recovered? Did you get a Car-Fax (or any kind of history) with it since it was 'certified'. You should complain to Nissan Corporate.
 

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As the prior poster mentioned, you should call Nissan Corporate and speak to the service Manager at the dealership, and tell them exactly what took place. How anybody could "certify" a car with a melted cup holder is beyond me. That plastic is pretty thick, and it would take a lot of heat to melt it. I personally would not have accepted a car with that kind of obvious damage. There is no telling what wires and sensors may have been damaged due to the extreme heat. Good luck!!! Below is a copy of the Nissan Certified criteria from their web page:

Only Nissans that meet our high standards qualify for Certified Pre-Owned status. They must be less than five years old from the original in-service date, with less than 60,000 miles on the odometer.
Plus, they must have a clean, non-branded title and, most important, pass a comprehensive 150+ points Certified
Pre-Owned inspection.
Benefits of buying a Certified Pre-Owned Nissan include:

7-year/100,000-mile limited warranty [*]
24-hour Emergency Roadside Assistance [*]
Car Rental Reimbursement and Towing Benefit [*]
Genuine Nissan parts
CARFAX® Vehicle History Report™
SiriusXM Satellite Radio with 3-month trial subscription [*]
Optional Security+Plus® Extended Protection Plan [*]
 
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