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Tips for inspecting a used vehicle

On Behalf of | Feb 1, 2019 | Consumer Protection

Those who want to buy used cars in Pennsylvania should have them inspected prior to signing any purchase paperwork. This is because a buyer agrees to take on any problems that the vehicle has after the transaction is final. It’s important to note that some efforts to repair a car or truck can be found just by looking at the vehicle carefully.

For instance, if the paint job looks wrong or the body has large dents in it, that could be a sign that there are larger issues to be found. Ideally, a buyer will get a used car history report on any vehicle that he or she wants to buy. However, it is important to note that even doing that won’t necessarily clue an individual to problems that it may have. Typically, a used car report won’t list any repairs that were made without going through an insurance company.

Other signs that a car hasn’t been properly maintained include low oil levels or dirty oil in the car. Fluid leaks can also be a sign that the car needs repairs before it can be trusted to provide reliable transportation. Finally, ask to take the car to a mechanic. If the seller refuses, it is generally a good idea to walk away and look at other vehicles.

If a private seller makes any type of misrepresentation about a vehicle, it may rise to the level of fraud. This may entitle a victim to compensation for the vehicle’s cost and other damages. If a defective vehicle is bought from a dealer, it may be possible to make a lemon law claim if a defect cannot be fixed. That may entitle a buyer to a replacement vehicle or refund of the purchase price.

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