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How to Avoid Auto Fraud – Helpful Hints on Buying a Car
Buying a car is one of the most important decisions a consumer will make. Some quick car buying tips that might be helpful as you purchase your next car:
- Before you visit a dealer, line up good financing through your local bank or credit union.
- Before you negotiate the price of a new car, check for price information at websites like Edmunds.com and Kelley Blue Book.
- Never tell the dealer how much you are willing to spend per month, instead negotiate a fair cash price for the car.
- Negotiate the price of the new car first, before the dealer evaluates how much you will get for your trade.
- Keep negotiations separate and beware of a monthly car note that hides the price of the new car and what you are getting for the trade-in.
- On used cars, always get an independent expert inspection before you buy.
- Check your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) history at vehiclehistory.gov or a Car Fax history report.
- Test drive the vehicle and examine it closely for signs of prior damage.
If you ever buy a used car, insist on the title being presented to you at the time of sale.
If you have been a victim of consumer fraud, please contact the Noland Law Firm, LLC. at 816-781-5055.