USED CAR BUYERS GUIDE
Before purchasing any used car, spend a little time and money.
You may avoid significant problems and unnecessary expenses.
* Read the Federal Trade Commissionís used car buying guide at BUYING A USED CAR.
*The Federal Trade Commission's Used Car Rule requires dealers to post a BUYERS GUIDE in every used car they offer for sale. Carefully read and understand this Buyers Guide. It tells you about important conditions of the sale you are considering.
* Read the Tennessee Motor Vehicle Commissionís TIPS FOR BUYING A CAR. Keep a copy of this with you while you are car shopping.
* Inspect the car in daylight and good weather. Bring someone you trust along to help you make a thorough appraisal.
* Don't expect perfection in a used car. Compromise on minor problems you can fix yourself, but don't overlook serious defects.
* Make safety a major priority. Older vehicles may not be equipped with airbags, child safety seats, seat belts, anti-lock brakes or security systems.
* Road test before you commit to buy. If you are not allowed to test drive the car, do not buy it!
* Have a trusted mechanic thoroughly inspect the car before you purchase it.
* Have an
emission inspection performed by your mechanic or at one of the
* Get the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) from the car and check the National Insurance Crime Bureau (VinCheck) to see if it has been reported as stolen or significantly damaged by a wreck or flooding.
* Consider purchasing a car history report such as CARFAXģ to learn as much as you can about the vehicle you are considering.
* Make sure you have written documentation regarding any warranties or promises made by the dealer. Remember, the purchase of a vehicle without a warranty is sold 'As-Is' meaning you will be responsible for all repairs the moment the contract is signed.
* If you feel that you have been treated unfairly, and you have not been able to reach a satisfactory resolution with your car dealer, you may FILE A COMPLAINT with the Tennessee Motor Vehicle Division.