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What to know about rebuilt cars

On Behalf of | Feb 13, 2020 | Consumer Protection

When buying a used car in Pennsylvania, it can be a good idea to look at the car’s title. A clean title indicates that the vehicle has not experienced any major damage. It also means that the car has not had its odometer rolled back or otherwise tampered with. Cars that have major defects will be given salvage titles, which indicates that they are not necessarily safe to drive.

If a car that once had a salvage title has been repaired, it will be given a rebuilt title. It will only receive such a title after authorities in the state where it was granted have had a chance to inspect it. Typically, cars that have been rebuilt will sell for less than those that have not experienced significant damage. However, it can be possible to purchase rebuilt cars that are just as good as they were when they were first manufactured.

Unfortunately, there is no way to verify that the car has been rebuilt properly. Therefore, it may be difficult to get an insurance policy for the full value of the car. Those who are thinking about buying a vehicle that has been rebuilt are encouraged to get it inspected by a mechanic before doing so. This may make it easier to spot any defects that still remain.

If a person buys a car that has hidden damage or is otherwise defective, it may be possible to take legal action against the dealer that sold it. The company responsible for making a defective part or failing to adequately repair a defect may also be liable for damages. An attorney may be able to help a buyer show that negligence occurred and that the client is entitled to a financial award.

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