Buying a Used Car for a Christmas Present

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This is part two of a two-part series on buying a motor vehicle for Christmas. Read our previous blog post for tips on buying a new car for Christmas.

For many, buying a loved one a car is the perfect Christmas gift, but new cars are often too costly to buy as a present. For those still looking to buy a car, giving a used model in good condition can be just as good as a new one. However, buying a used car can be tricky and you must be careful about what you are buying. To avoid the many pitfalls of buying a used car for Christmas, follow these tips.

Check for recalls

When you have decided on a specific model or a final few candidates, check to see if they have been subjected to any recalls by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). NHTSA keeps track of all vehicle recalls. If the model has been recalled, make sure it has undergone the proper repairs.

Get a vehicle history report

Before buying the car, check the history of the vehicle through a vehicle history report. These reports may show previous damage reported about the car, whether the odometer has been tampered with, if it was used as a rental, or has a salvage title. The reports are not foolproof, but may show if something is wrong with the car.

Look out for odometer fraud

Sometimes used car dealers attempt to fool consumers by decreasing the amount of miles shown on the odometer. Odometer fraud is illegal and can trick a consumer into believing the car they are buying is in better condition than it truly is. If the odometer reading on a car seems too good to be true, check it out.

Read everything that you sign

Make sure to carefully read every document the dealer asks you to sign. If you have questions ask for the answers. Also, make sure that what you’re signing accurately reflects what you have agreed upon verbally with the dealer. After you sign the documents and take the car home, it may be too late to complain.

When a used car dealer uses deceptive and unfair practices, those who have suffered can seek reimbursement for the money they have lost. If you are a victim of these types of practices contact Southern California used car fraud lawyer, Howard D. Silver. For a free consultation call (866) 49-LEMON.