Used Car Fraud
Are there warranties on used cars?
A warranty is a promise to fix something for a certain period of time. If the used car comes with that promise, the answer is yes.
Most Common Problems
Easily the most frequent complaint involving used cars is that it was in a wreck and the dealer did not tell the purchaser.
What to do if you have a problem?
Follow this checklist...
How to protect yourself
When buying a used car, ask as many questions as possible.
What does "as is" mean?
Don't buy a car "as is". It means the dealer doesn't trust the car, and you shouldn't trust it either. Unfortunately, "as is" does mean just that, "as is."
One of the first cases of odometer fraud in America was tried in 1929. Six years later, another dealer charged with the same offense tried to defend himself on the grounds that it was an industry standard. Sixty years later, it unfortunately still goes on.
Undisclosed Lemon Buybacks
Another common practice is the resale of vehicles that were bought back from their original owners under the Lemon Law, and then resold to innocent new purchasers, without proper disclosures.