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What to do before buying a used car

On Behalf of | Jun 19, 2019 | Consumer Protection

It typically costs thousands of dollars to buy a used car from a dealer or private party in Pennsylvania. Therefore, it is important for a buyer to know how to evaluate a vehicle in an effort to protect his or her investment. Ideally, an individual will research a vehicle to learn more about any open recalls, how much it’s worth and how much it could cost to maintain.

As part of the research process, people should ask the seller for any maintenance records he or she may have. This will make it easier to determine if the vehicle has any recurring issues that may crop up in the future. A used vehicle history report can also provide more information as to whether a vehicle has experienced significant damage in the past. It is also a good idea to have a car inspected by a mechanic prior to making a purchasing decision.

Buyers also have the right to visually inspect a car to see if it has signs of water damage or anything else that could signal that the vehicle is defective. Prior to buying a used vehicle, take it for a test drive. The test drive should take place on as many different types of terrain and on as many different types of roads as possible.

Despite a buyer’s best efforts, it is possible that a vehicle will have hidden damage or other problems that escape detection. Those who are hurt or otherwise unable to drive their vehicle safely because of a defect may be entitled to compensation or other relief. Compensation may help to pay for the cost of a new vehicle or any other damages caused by a faulty vehicle. These damages could include medical bills or property lost in an accident involving the defective car.

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