Buyers in Northeast Louisiana are making payments on used cars without clear titles.
Courtesy: KNOE 8 News
If you buy a used car from a dealer, a co-worker, or a neighbor, here are some tips to learn as much as you can about the car:
-Examine the Car yourself using an inspection checklist. You can find a checklist in many of the magazine articles, books, and internet sites that deal with buying a used car.
-Test drive the car under varied road condition - on hills, highways, and in stop-and-go traffic.
-Ask for the car's maintenance record. If the owner doesn't have copies, contact the dealership or repair shop where most of the work was done. They may share their files with you.
-Talk to the previous owner, especially if the present owner is unfamiliar with the car's history.
-Have the car inspected by a mechanic you hire.
-Research the frequency of repair and maintenance costs on the models in auto-related consumer magazines. The U.S. Department of Transportation's Vehicle Safety Hotline (1-888-327-4236) and website www.odi.nhtsa.dot.gov gives information on recalls.
If you have any other questions or concerns, call the local Better Business Bureau at 318-387-4600.