The following is general information concerning the purchase of A used car.
Under the Federal Trade Commission's (FTC) Used Car Rule, all sellers of used cars (except private owners), are required to place a large sticker called a "Buyers Guide" in the window of Their used cars, light-duty vans and light-duty trucks. The "Buyers Guide" tell you whether the vehicle comes with a Warranty and, if so which systems are covered, how long coverageApplied, and what percent of repair cost the dealer will pay.
The "Buyers Guide" also alerts you when a car is being sold with "As Is" which means with no warranty at all. The dealer has no further responsibility for a car sold "as is," once the sale in complete and you drive off the lot.
The Bureau strongly suggests that you take the vehicle to your independent mechanic for an inspection prior to making a commitment to purchase.
You may also want to check with a local bank or credit union concerning the "blue book" value of the vehicle to assist you in price negotiations.
Consumers are advised to ask to see the title of the vehicle. The title should be reviewed to see if the vehicle was ever salvaged. If the dealer states that the title is not available, the consumer may want to wait until that title is available before agreeing to the purchase of that vehicle.
There are several vehicle history reporting services on the internet which may also be helpful to any consumer considering the purchase of a used vehicle.