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Educational Consumer Tips

Automobile sales

Author: Better Business Bureau
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Be certain of the purchase before signing any agreements. There is
usually no legal right to cancel agreements to purchase vehicles.

Decide how much money you can spend and what type of car best suits
your needs.

Research the various models to determine those that are the safest, most
reliable, and otherwise suitable.

Narrow your choices to several cars. Do not make the mistake of
having your heart set on one car. Changes can occur based on credit
strength.

Get a firm quote, in writing, from the dealer.

Check out the dealership reliability with the local Better
Business Bureau.

Keep all negotiations separate. Consider questions about financing,
service contracts, tradeins, or other extras after you have settled on
a price.

Shop around for financing and service contracts, and compare the terms
carefully.

Test drive the car before purchasing it.

Check with the Texas Department of Transportation
www.dot.state.tx.us or 512-465-7611 for flood damaged vehicles.

Read and understand the contract thoroughly before signing.

Inspect your car carefully before driving off the car lot.