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Buying a Used Car

The Bureau suggests that those interested in purchasing a used car should decide what model and type of car will best meet your needs.

Regardless of whom you buy from, you should not rely on a sales talk for assurances about the car. Learn about the car yourself before you buy and take someone with you when you look. Check the outside, inside and under the car; check fan belts and hoses; check noises while the engine is running; check all the electrical items; take a test drive-you drive. Have the car your interested in checked out by an independent repair facility.

If you are purchasing a re-possesed automobile be sure to understand if you are taking over a contract already in force or if a new contract will be drawn up. Be sure you read and understand either of these options and that you are in agreement with the conditions before signing.

A company can reposses a vehicle if the payment is not made at the agreed time in the contract.

As of 5/9/85 auto dealers are required to display a window sticker telling customers who will pay for repairs after a sale. This buyers guide should be part of any sales contract and must include among other things: the terms of any warranty, including duration, systems covered, and the percentage of repair costs the dealer will pay; a statement saying that if the dealer is selling the car as is, the consumer must pay for any repairs needed after purchase and a suggestion that consumers ask the dealer to put all promises in writing.

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