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Buying a Used Car from a Dealership Isn't Any Different

More consumers are heading to used car lots strapped by tight budgets than every before.  Buying a used car comes with so many unknown risks even if you are an experienced DIY type of a person.

A recent study found that there were more than 2 million used cars for sale with outstanding safety recalls which ultimately mean that the car you just drove off the dealership log could be dangerous to drive.

Buying a used car from a large new car dealership should inspire certain level of confidence for the consumers that the car is up to date with safety recall.  The sad reality is that even so called "Certified" used cars can have unaddressed recall issues as I have seen many cases of it myself.  It is somewhat disturbing to think why wouldn't the dealership work on the recall issues when they have the car in their possession, and they will get reimbursed by the manufacture.

Perhaps, the dealership does not make as much profit out of doing recall repairs so it gets to the bottom of their priority list.

Another common trend that has raised concern for the consumers are denied warranty repair on cars that were bought as used.  Suppose your newly bought car has a major problem, and the dealership insists the problem is caused by a previous accident on the car, you don't have any option but to pay for the repair out of your pocket.  It may not actually be the dealership's fault if what they are saying is true.
Here are top 7 tips for you to consider when buying a used car from a dealership
  1. Ask for a full service history print out: It will sometimes show persisting problem with the car.  If there is no service history then you should walk away.
  2. Ask for a Carfax report: It will show major accidents and problem with title.  Do not assume the car is free of accidents just because it's not listed in the report.  It's also good to spot cars that had been used as rental and changed owners too many times.
  3. Ask for the inspection report if the car is Certified:  Many dealerships fail to provide the actual inspection report which indicates repairs and maintenance performed during certification process.  Remember, "Certified" does not mean the car is problem free or accident free.
  4. Take a long test drive and varying speed including highway driving, bumpy roads and lots of turns left and right.
  5. If an existing issue or missing item was promised to be addressed after the sales, make sure to have an IOU with list of the items signed by the manager, not the sales person.
  6. Consider buying "Certified" car whenever possible:  It is worth for the extended manufacturer warranty which is not possible to get otherwise in most cases.
  7. Don't purchase maintenance plans and third party extended warranties from the dealership:  If you do need them, you can purchase them directly without the dealership as a middleman with a huge profit.

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