Is it Safe to Buy a Used Car from a Private Seller?

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Is it Safe to Buy a Used Car from a Private Seller?

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When searching for a new used vehicle, many people look to buy a car from a private seller because either they believe they’ll save money purchasing a vehicle directly from the owner, or they have credit problems that might get away of them purchasing a vehicle from a dealership. It’s true, sometimes purchasing a vehicle from a private seller can be less expensive, however, these kinds of transactions aren’t always worth the risk involved.

What You Should Know

If you’re buying a vehicle from someone you know and trust, you probably won’t run into any problems. However, if you’re purchasing from a private seller that you have no previous relationship with, you might want to proceed with caution. First, you need to understand that legal ramifications of purchasing from a private seller. All used car purchases made between two private parties are considered to be “as is”.

That means, if someone sells you a “lemon”, then you have no legal recourse to get your money back from them. The best way to protect yourself from this kind of situation is to thoroughly inspect and test drive the vehicle before you buy it. It’s also recommended that you purchase a Carfax or similar report on the vehicle to see if there are any red flags available. Finally, you’ll want to make sure that the registration on the vehicle has not expired, that there are no liens on the tags, and that it hasn’t failed an emissions test recently.

That’s a lot of investigation required on your part just to purchase a vehicle. Plus, even after all that work, you’re still driving away in a car with no guarantee. On the other hand, if you purchase your vehicle from a dealer that offers a guarantee on their vehicles, you’ll have the peace of mind of knowing that your interests are protected if something does turn out to be wrong with your car.

In addition, used car dealerships have a far greater selection of vehicles than what you’ll find in the newspaper on online forums. Combine that with in-house financing and you have a lot more flexibility to choose a vehicle that you will truly be happy with.

If you do decide to purchase a vehicle from a private seller, just remember to do your due diligence and really investigate the current state and history of your prospective new car or truck. Ask the owner to provide you with as much supporting paperwork as possible before you complete your transaction. At the very least they should be able to provide you with a clean title and current registration information. Service records are also great to have; however, no all car owners do a good job of saving these types of documents.

If you want a worry-free car buying experience, visit us at Credit Country Auto Sales where we have a great selection of quality used cars and trucks to choose from. Plus, all of our vehicles are backed by our no-hassle guarantee. Contact us today to learn more.