Educational Consumer Tips


Author: Better Business Bureau

Most used cars are sold "AS IS" which means the dealer has no further responsibility for the car, except for certain safety items, once the sale is complete and you drive off the lot. So you better be sure you really want and can afford any car purchase before you sign on the dotted line. Things to do when buying a used car include: * Make a test drive of the vehicle * Have your mechanic do an analysis of major components before purchase. * Make sure your budget can accommodate any payment arrangements proposed. * Check consumer reports for the vehicle you are interested in. * Check with your bank or credit union to determine the "blue book" value of the vehicle prior to purchase. * Make sure that verbal promises made by the salesperson are included in the written contract. * Be sure to read and make sure you understand the financial terms of any contract. Do not sign a contract that has blank spaces.