Buying a used car is not an easy task. The vehicle might
look pretty and polished, but you never know how the vehicle has
lived. To avoid buying a used car that has hidden damage or
been previously wrecked, here are some tips to follow.
Ask for a car fax report. This will tell
you the history of the vehicle. If the vehicle had been in an
accident, it will reported if the vehicle has been declared a total
loss. If the car was in a fender, bender, it might not be
Obtain a vehicle history report. This is when
you run the VIN number through the national database. You
will have a record of the repairs made and recorded under the VIN
number. If the car was declared a total loss, either from an
accident or flood damage, the car will not have clean title. This
will make it hard to re-sell the car and obtain car insurance.
Have the vehicle inspected by a certified
mechanic. It will be better to spend a little extra
time and money to insure the car has no major problems.
Only purchase a used vehicle at a reputable
dealership. Check the Better Business Bureau to see
if the dealership is rated well. Ask your friends and
co-workers if they have recommendations on where purchase a
good, used car. If the used car lot looks questionable or
shady, do not take your chances.
Closely look at the mileage and model year of the
vehicle. If the car has a lot of mileage, it will
need basic maintenance like new brakes and tires. In
addition, keep in mind that cars are not made to last forever and
unexpected repairs might pop up after purchase. se your
common sense and do not expect a nine year old vehicle to have no
The Lemon Law is only applicable if
the vehicle is under the original manufacture warranty, even if you
purchased an extended warranty. There needs to be three or
more repairs that are related or in the shop for 30 days or
more. For most American cars, the manufacturer warranty is
three years or 36,000 miles, whichever happens first.
If your purchased a used vehicle and later find out that it was
in an accident or had flood damage, you might be a victim of consumer fraudin connection with your
purchase. SmithMarco, P.C., has over 30 years of combined
experience practicing law protecting the rights of consumers around
the country. Contact an attorney at our office for a free case review.