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Signs to look for when buying a used car

On Behalf of | Mar 15, 2019 | Consumer Protection

For many citizens of Pennsylvania, buying a used car might be an ideal situation. For one thing, people shopping for a specific make will be able to find it at a lower price than if it were brand new. Opting for a used car often means that car buyers can go for a better model than they had originally had in mind. With a used car, car owners don’t have to worry about depreciation as much as someone who just bought a brand-new car off the lot.

All that being said, car shoppers need to look out for used cars that will be more trouble than they are worth, and there are several telltale signs to spot them. For example, a car with mismatched or poorly maintained tires can give people a general idea of how the car has been treated overall. More importantly, if a car shopper feels that the car odometer has been fiddled with, they should walk away on the spot.

Just as there are signs of poor cars, shoppers can look for indications that they are in front of a quality car. If the car model itself is known for being sturdy and handling the wear and tear of the years, then this is already a big plus in its favor. Moreover, a car with a decent-looking interior can show that its user took good care of the car overall, which is always a positive sign.

None of these signs is a surefire way to be certain about the condition of the car; they are only indicators. Furthermore, the previous car owner might have gone an extra step or two to be deceptive in the hopes of buoying the price of their car. If anyone feels that they’ve been cheated or that they bought a car that looked to be in good condition only to turn out to have damage, they might benefit from reaching out to an experienced lawyer who specializes in consumer protection and may explain to them their legal options.

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