The market for used vehicles has never been stronger. With thinning budgets, diminishing cash flow and high prices, the last thing we want to do is spring for a brand new set of wheels. But buying a certified used vehicle comes with its own set of unique risks and problems. Los Angeles Times Staff Writer Ken Bensinger’s article “Seven steps to buying a used car” ()
tells you, step by step, the ways you can avoid buying a lemon – whether you purchase the vehicle from a dealer, online or from a private owner.
According to the article, in 2007 alone Americans bought 41.4 million used vehicles compared to 16 million new vehicles. Consumers now also have a wide variety of choices – from certified pre-owned vehicles to no-haggle deals on eBay. And yet, there is always the possibility that you could end up with a lemon. Bensinger lists the important decisions you must make and things you must watch out for before making a decision on a used car.
A common misconception among used cars buyers is that they’ll be fine if they buy a certified pre-owned vehicle. Last year alone, 1.6 million of these certified pre-owned vehicles were sold in the United States. A CPO vehicle costs about $1,700 more than a regular used car because of the inspections and warranties that go into them. But here’s what every used car buyer needs to remember – shelling out that extra cash and buying a CPO does not mean you won’t get stuck with a lemon.
Whether you’re buying a CPO or a regular used car, the most important step – the one step you cannot afford to miss – is to have the vehicle completely checked out. If the dealer insists that their technicians OK’d the car, ask to see the repair orders or a written description of what r see inspection sheets. An inspection sheet should detail the entire inspection process and indicate any repairs that were done to the car as well in addition to the certified pre owned inspection sheets. If they don’t have these documents then insist that an outside mechanic check the car Don’t leave anything to chance. The fact that the auto is a CPO does not mean that it is free of defects.
If you think the used car or certified pre-owned vehicle you bought is a lemon and you want a refund or your defective vehicle replaced, call the Law Offices of Howard Silver today for a free, half hour consultation with one of our experienced California Lemon Law attorneys.