Buying a used car can be beneficial for both buyer and seller. The buyer obtains a vehicle for a relatively low cost, but the seller still manages to turn a profit.
Generally, these transactions go smoothly and all parties leave the dealership feeling satisfied. Sadly, this is not always the case. There are occasions when car dealers might attempt to trick you into a purchase. They could end up selling you a used vehicle that is faulty or damaged.
How do you know if a car dealer is dishonest?
They conceal pertinent information
If you’re buying a new car, then you know that it has essentially come straight out of the factory. You don’t need to know its history because it doesn’t have one yet. The same cannot be said for used cars. Before you commit to a purchase, it’s important that you garner as much information about the vehicle as possible, and a seller should not attempt to obstruct this.
The deal is too good to be true
The car is advertised for a price below the market value. You’ve asked the seller why this is the case, and they’ve explained that there is a sale on for a limited period. They seem almost desperate for you to take advantage of this. Is the car priced so cheaply because it has faults and the dealer wants to shift it quickly?
You have legal options
If you’ve been sold a car under false pretenses, then there are legal options open to you. The Magnuson Moss Warranty Act may allow you to take action against sellers who have mis-sold you a vehicle that they knew was damaged or faulty.