Your car is a big investment. For most people it is their biggest investment except their house. People depend on their cars for many of their daily transportation needs. We all hate feeling cheated. Unearned or not used cars salesman have gotten a bad reputation over the years. They are referred to as wheeler dealers and other not so nice terms. If a person looking for a used car runs into a dishonest dealer it is often too late before they realize it. They find that they have been cheated out of hundreds of dollars and possibly worse.
What can be done?
1. Better Consumer Laws
Often the law works in the favor of the shady dealer and against the consumer. The car could have been badly damaged in an accident or have other factors that would make it undesirable. Most people have heard of "CAR FAX" but in most states it is not mandatory for dealers to divulge this information. In fact just recently California was the first state in the nation to pass a law for the protection for car buyers. "This bill unleashes the power of technology to provide first in the nation consumer protections, cut red tape, and help save the state millions," said California Assembly Member Robert Blumenfield. The bill implements a first in the nation requirement that car dealers post a red [warning} sticker on the used cars they sell that are flagged in a federally mandated database – the National Motor Vehicle Title Information System – as "junk," "salvage," or "flood" branded vehicles. An informed car buyer will be able to make better choices and be less likely to be surprised. Also there should be better LEMON LAWS to protect consumers in case they do get cheated.
2. Enlist an Expert
The auto buyer should always have a mechanic check the vehicle out. In fact ALWAYS insist on getting your own, independent inspection by a reliable auto technician, BEFORE you agree to buy. Don’t trust the seller — even if it’s a large dealership and the salesman seems nice and friendly. They are out to make a profit, and you don’t want it to be at your expense. The little bit of money you pay to have the automobile checked out could save you thousands. The safest way to do this is by having Bigowl’s Auto Rescue do the inspection. We are mobile so we can come to you to inspect the vehicle and inform you of any potential problems. This reduces the chance of an accident while driving to another repair shop if the car is unsafe. To find out more information contact us and schedule an appointment.
3. Do Not Be Rushed
There are thousands of great vehicles out there, so do not be pushed into buying now. If the car does get sold away then you will find another. Experts say that due to the emotions involved with automobiles we sometimes make impulsive purchases. You are possibly going to have this car for years. If you take your time and make an informed decision it will be years of satisfaction.
If you have any suggestions on protecting yourself while buying a car; or you have a story of a bad experience let us hear from you.