Before purchasing any used car, spend a little time and money.

You may avoid significant problems and unnecessary expenses.

* Read the Federal Trade Commission's 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 Commission's 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 Davidson County testing stations.


* 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 CARFAX® 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.