Used Ford Explorer Allegedly Held A Dead Body, Dealership Facing Lawsuit

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

In a country where everyone is a little bit lawsuit-happy, we take this story with a grain of salt. Margarita Salais claims that her 2006 Ford Explorer, purchased from Suburban Ford of Sterling Heights, once housed a dead body and is now suing for $25,000 plus court fees.

When she purchased the SUV back in March, she had no gripes with it at all. But as the temperatures outside got warmer, the car got smellier. She took the Explorer back to the dealership complaining about a horrible odor and the dealership claimed it was caused by a dead animal. Subsequently, Salais filed with State Farm, her insurance company, and Elite Trauma Clean-Up was hired to search and clean the vehicle. Salais’ lawyer claims that the company determined the odor was human in nature while a representative from Elite Trauma Clean-Up said the odor was only found to be from rotten meat, and not necessarily human in nature.

So now what? Salais’ lawsuit still stands since the dealership refuses to buy back the Explorer. State Farm also discovered that the Explorer was an ex-rental car that had been stolen three times. Of course the dealership didn’t bother mentioning that… maybe Margarita should have asked for a CarFax?

[Source: Left Lane News]

Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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