I test drove a 2011 Buick Regal today and noticed that the steering wheel always turned to the left when I put in park or turned it off. It never came back into proper alignment as all steering wheels do. I really loved the car so I went ahead with the purchase because the sales person said it was not a problem and they would check it out. But it's been really concerning me. Any information you can give me would be greatly appreciated.
Well, of course the salesperson would try to calm any fears you might have had about your used-car purchase: He wants to make a sale.
Did you test drive the vehicle? Any pulling on the steering while the car is in motion could indicate a vehicle that is out of alignment, or tires that are poorly worn or out of balance.
If the wheel only moved when the vehicle was coming to rest, it could have been the slope of the street you were parking on.
Most car dealerships also offer some kind of used car warranty to cover problems that might appear within the first weeks or months after purchasing a used car. I hope you received such protection.
You should have a mechanic that you trust check it out. Often good independent mechanics know various models that have particular problems or issues. Some may be serious, while others are not. You may want to check recalls for that particular vehicle as well. Google recalls for a 2011 Buick Regal. If it had a recall for that problem, it may have not been taken in and fixed by the original owner.
〉 Answered on Nov 18th, 2013 by Georgia Brown, Director of Education at National Independent Automobile Dealers Association (NIADA)