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There are certain things you can look for when you purchase a vehicle to protect yourself. The most important things you should have documented include any representations by the dealer, history or repair, concerns, and invoices.
When you purchase a vehicle and the dealer is making representations about the vehicle you should be sure to have everything documented. Anything the dealer says about the car you need to get in writing. You should not be afraid to ask for these things in writing either. If the dealer refuses to back anything they say up on a legal document then you should not buy a car from this dealer. It is never too late to back out of a car sale unless you have signed the papers. Don’t sign anything until all representations have been documented and signed.
History or repairs on the vehicle are impossible if the vehicle is new. However, if you buy a new vehicle you have a warranty. A warranty will protect you with a lemon and that will be discussed further in this e-book.
A used vehicle can be difficult to have documentation on all of the repairs of the vehicle. The car may have had multiple owners and they might not have kept track of all of the things that have had to be done to the car. However, a dealer can tell the parts of the vehicle that are not original. This will allow the dealer to point out to you which parts have been replaced and which parts are not original. Repair orders should be given to you as a customer and you should try to get everything you can about the car.
When you buy a used car from a dealer you also must express all of your concerns verbally to the dealer. Don’t tell your spouse or your friend who came to the car lot with you. Talk to the dealer about any concerns you have. If the dealer assures you that your concerns are not anything to worry about with the car ask to have it in writing. If you can document all of your concerns with the vehicle and ask to have it signed by the dealer or guaranteed if they should happen this is a good way to protect yourself.
Another thing you should pay attention to when you buy a vehicle that is used from a dealer is if the vehicle has a history of problems. This is the model of the vehicle. It is common for a manufacturer to put a vehicle on the market and have more than half of the models have major defects. The manufacturer may have a recall on the model of a vehicle. It is also common for a manufacturer just to put a vehicle out on the market that is known to have serious problems. These vehicles may have the same things go wrong with them over and over and it is just common. Most vehicle models have the same common defects or issues that need to be resolved. The problem occurs when the defects on the model of the vehicle are serious and cause the car to be considered to be a lemon or are not worth purchasing the vehicle.