I don’t really blame this guy for taking the Anonymous option:
Can an insurance company sell a salvaged car if someone died in it, and if so, do they have to tell you?
In California, sellers must reveal if a death in the home has occurred anytime in the past three years, including death by natural causes (although certain types of deaths, like those from AIDS, cannot be disclosed). And if a buyer comes out and asks about a death that occurred at any time, even longer than three years ago, the seller is required to provide a truthful response.
I submit that there are going to be times when “How the hell do I know?” is the most truthful response available.
In Alaska and South Dakota, only murders or suicides must be disclosed if they happened within the past year. In other states the laws are less black and white; a seller may need to disclose the information only if a buyer asks.
Still, we’re talking houses. Cars? Nobody gives a damn, except this poor, superstitious soul. I can say only that it’s entirely possible for a car to be totaled, rebuilt and resold without anyone having died in it.
Now if it smells like someone died in it within the last couple of days, maybe there’s a reason to inquire.