Used cars can be inexpensive when compared to a brand new vehicle. However, buying a used car is always a gamble. People who buy used need to be savvy to ensure that they don’t get ripped off by an unscrupulous seller who is trying to unload a car with a lot of problems on another person. Knowing what to expect, and what to look for, when buying a used car can help protect your wallet and get you into a reliable vehicle that is safe to drive. Because when it comes to buying a used car, it really is “buyer beware.” Here are 11 things everyone should know when buying a second-hand car.
11. There’s No Warranty
Let’s get the most obvious point out of the way first. When you buy a used car, there is no warranty on the vehicle, which means you’ll be paying out of pocket for any problems that arise with the car once you pay for it. If the engine breaks down on your way home from the used car lot, it’s likely your problem not the dealership’s. If you’re lucky, you’ll find a used car dealer that offers a 30 day guarantee on the cars they sell, or a dealer who will agree to split the cost of repairs with you should anything happen to the car in the first 90 days that you own it. But even these offers are rare and hard to find. In most cases, once you buy a used car, you assume all the problems that come with it—no matter how expensive they are.