So the used the car you bought went kaput after you drove off the car lot? Nine times out of ten you are too late, so here are a few tips when shopping for a used care.
- Have the car looked at by a mechanic, and not one employed by the car dealer.
- Remember that, generally, Indiana's Lemon Law does not apply to older used cars.
- Because of #2, find out if you can buy a warranty and what the warranty covers.
- If you do not buy a warranty, then you bought the car "As is" and that means just it says: you buy the car with all the problems and defects that you do not find out about until you paid over your money.
- Buy from a dealer you trust and that trust is based on experience.
- You cannot just return the car within three days. See my post here on that subject.
- If the dealer tries to repair the automobile and does not repair properly, then you can take them to Small Claims court. I tried one of these cases years ago and it was not a pretty sight. Unless the vehicle has high value, these cases cost too much to litigate properly. The question is whether the mechanic did the work in a workmanlike fashion. You will need to pay for a mechanic to examine the vehicle and then to testify about how the dealer's mechanic screwed up.