Buying a used vehicle can be an extremely cost-effective way to obtain reliable transportation, but unfortunately, not all used cars are equal. However, there are some easy ways to know when to back away as well as a few things you can be aware of to protect yourself in your purchasing journey.
If you buy from a dealership, research their reputation. Check out reviews and investigate them on the Better Business Bureau website. Do not rely on promises or statements made verbally by a salesperson – make sure you ask for them to put it in writing.
Federal law requires dealers to affix a Buyer’s Guide sticker on the window of used cars. Among other information, the sticker includes details regarding whether the vehicle comes with a warranty or if the car is being sold “as is” (with no warranties).
Buying a car “as is” repudiates all warranties, and you should expect any legal protection if the car is a “lemon.” Florida’s Lemon Law does not apply to used cars.
If you narrow down your search and have particular interest in one vehicle, it is advisable to get an independent inspection. If the dealership refuses to cooperate with this request, this would be a clear warning that you should consider taking your business elsewhere.
Having a mechanic you trust examine the vehicle and purchasing a vehicle history report (available from companies like CarFax.com) are small investments that could save you a lot of money but preventing a disastrous purchase.
As a potential buyer, there are a few things you can check for before you call in the experts or buy a vehicle history report. BottomLineInc provides some tips on how to shop smart:
Buying from a private seller may allow for some cost savings. However, private sellers do not have to provide you with a Buyer’s Guide and do not provide implied warranties under state law. Because of this, the Florida attorney general advises it may be even more important to obtain warranty promises in writing and to obtain an independent inspection of the used car prior to purchase when dealing with a private seller.
Whether you are buying a used vehicle in Lakewood Ranch, Venice or anywhere in between, a little bit of caution and research can go a long way in getting you a good value.
Attorney Christina A. Goldberg chose to pursue Personal Injury Law because for her, being a lawyer has always been about using her strengths and talents to help those during their most troubling times. Ethics and integrity remain at the forefront of her legal career, and she always strives to do what is right for her clients and for the community. Her reputation and accomplishments in the field have earned her a Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent™ Peer Review Rating. Christina is an active member in the community, and being in the position to be able to do so, sees it as her obligation to give back to the area in which she was born and raised. Luhrsen Goldberg, based in Lakewood Ranch, aims to help Florida families recover after serious injuries resulting from someone else’s negligence.