Thank You for writing into askpatty.com. I recommend you take a vehicle to an outside technician when making the choice to purchase a used vehicle. All dealers are required by Federal law to post a "buyers guide" in the window of each vehicle offered for sale. The buyers guide notifies the buyer that there is a warranty or that the vehicle is being sold "AS-IS" with no warranty of any kind. In the case of an "AS-IS" sale, once you drive the vehicle from the dealership, it belongs to you, despite any problems the vehicle may have. If the vehicle breaks down after only a few minutes of leaving the dealership, the repairs are YOUR responsibility. Sometimes the most important difference between vehicles is not under the hood or in the extra equipment offered but rather is tucked away in the product packaging - the Warranty Card. While you think nothing will ever happen to your newly purchased vehicle, problems will surface. The better the warranty, the less you will pay for those unexpected repair bills.
If you hope to recover anything, you need to have proof of what you agreed upon when purchasing the car. So document and get in writing every single detail you can think of, including the price, what the seller claims is new and used, and if possible, a guarantee for a refund if the car clunks out before a certain time.
Whatever you do, make sure you know your rights as a consumer and that you get treated fairly.
When you purchase a used car "as is" that is exactly what you get.
The best and only way to really know what you are getting yourself into is to take a used car to a professional automotive technician for a thorough used car inspection before you purchase it!!!
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〉 Answered on Oct 16th, 2007 by Amy Mattinat, Owner and Author at Auto Craftsmen Ltd