1995 Chevy Astro alignment

  • 6 CYL
  • 2WD
  • 12,800 MILES
I just put a down payment on this van, and the sales dept said they'd fix an obvious brake problem, and have it re-aligned. The alignment shop couldn't bring it back to absolutely correct, and noted that the frame had been welded. It pulls more than slightly--although the dealer says this is entirely normal--but it is to the left, not to the right as it should, and it travels over 3 lanes to the left within somewhere around 200 feet or so. If it can be aligned back to where it was, and not chew up tires or be unsafe in any way (that is, the frame falling apart) then I'll keep it, but otherwise will give it back and call the down payment the price for the lesson. What do you think? Can it be safe? Is frame damage irrepairable? How can I tell? Thanks very much.
Saturday, April 3rd, 2010 AT 4:51 PM

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Maybe a body shop which gives free estimates can determine if the frame "looks" right or not. Seems like the dealer wanted to unload this van. Hard pulling to the right or left is not "normal" for this van. As a matter of fact, its' the manufacturers aim to have all of the vehicles alignment as straight as possible. Sounds like this van would cost you a fortune in tires over a relatively short period of time.
Also, check to see if your state has "lemon laws" concerning vehilces sold in that state. This may help you to get the problem solved or get all of you money back. (Keep all of your paper work from the dealer, the alignment shop and body shop [if you choose to take it to one].
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Sunday, April 11th, 2010 AT 1:41 PM

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