A recent U.S. News & World Report article discusses certain “deal breakers” that a consumer should look out for when buying a used car. According to the article, some of the “red flags” that consumers need to pay attention to include frame damage and models that have persistent problems or constantly fall short of quality and functionality standards (a.k.a. a lemon vehicle). The article also mentions that a car with water damage, a missing or altered Vehicle Identification Number (VIN), or a history of being used by police or as a taxi should be avoided when buying a used vehicle. It is also important for a potential car owner to spend time examining a car and to consider having a mechanic conduct a pre-purchase inspection.
In comparing purchasing a car to getting married, the report acknowledges that the process of buying a used car, and the subsequent use and care of that vehicle, involves legal, financial, and time commitments. Although many consumers rely on vehicle history reports when deciding whether or not to buy a particular car, if a previous owner did not report an accident to the police or their insurance, then it is not going to be on the history report. As a consequence, a vehicle could be damaged even if that does not appear to be the case.
While discovering that your used car has more problems than you were initially led to believe is not a pleasant experience, fortunately, consumers are protected when adversely affected by used car fraud, unfair business practices, or a lemon vehicle. For more information about how you may be able to receive a full refund or replacement vehicle, contact attorney Howard D. Silver. Call (855) 341-2611 today for a free consultation. You can also refer to Howard D. Silver’s Consumer’s Guide to Buying a Used Car in California for additional information.