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Q: Why is the dealership reluctant to let me have the car checked?


A: If the dealer lets you proceed with an inspection, the price they can get for the car will likely be less than they want to get for it. The best way to proceed in this case is to insist on having it checked before you sign any price agreement and leave the dealership if they don’t want to comply. There are plenty of used cars out there, so stand firm.


Q: The seller wants to meet me at a location other than where the car is being sold. Is this an acceptable practice?


A:  NO! In some cases a private seller may want to avoid having you know where they live and it may not be a reflection of a scam, but not usually. Keep in mind that scammers can’t let you know anything about them other than maybe a phone number. It is also convenient for them to get the car all warmed up so it does not display any problems it might be having with the engine or transmission.-------------------------


Q:  Does the dealership bring the car up to the front for my convenience?


A:  Just go park around the corner from a small car lot some time. You will witness some pretty interesting things. They want to drive it a little before you do to blow the tailpipe smoke out, get rid of cold engine rattles, warm up the transmission so it does not display warning signs of immanent failure and to be sure it runs smoothly before you hop in. This is a common practice and you can be assured that a good percentage of the pollution in Portland is derived from this practice.


Q:  The dealership told me that I don’t need to have the car checked because it already went through an inspection in their shop. Is this OK?


Q:  The car is Certified. Why should I have it checked.


A:  In many cases you should be able to rely on a certification but only if it a factory authorized certification ie (Toyota Certified). The problem is that they command a higher price and if the car has devaluation from previous damage or re-paint, this is never factored in. Always have the car checked because you could save more than the cost of the inspection in negotiating power.


Q: The vehicle history report (CarFax) shows no previous damage. Can I trust that it has not been wrecked?


A: Absolutely not! On average, 70% of the cars I look at with clean vehicle history reports have some sort of previous damage. Many of these cars should not even be driven!


Q:  Do I have the right to take a car back within 72 hours if I don’t like it for some reason?

A:  Only if the car does not function in any way for which the product was intended. Even then you will likely need a lawyer to get your money back. As Is, is As Is and no LEMON LAW exists in Oregon for used cars! The definition of As Is is As Is and As Is is just what it means, As is. Even if the car only costs $500.00, HAVE IT CHECKED!


Q:  When I took the car back because it seemed to be a lemon, they told me there is not a lemon law. Were they just trying to brush me off?


A:  No used car Lemon Law in Oregon at all.


Q:  I found a car at a great price but they told me it had been in an accident. Should I avoid this car?


A:  Most likely yes, but you need to ask more questions. How long have they owned it? did they buy the car at an insurance auction? do they have 360 degree pictures from before the repair? Does the title show salvage or reconstructed? do they want to meet at a neutral location? Did the air bags deploy? These are questions to ask if you are told it has been wrecked. Just because it was in an accident does not mean you should abandon it as a possibility, but if it has been totaled or reconstructed, we need to talk to you.


Q: The dealer told me I could not have someone come to the lot to inspect the car. should I just take it to the garage that they suggested to me?


A: Absolutely not! It is much more convenient for them to have an inspector come to the lot and does not take the car out of circulation for hours on end. For this reason alone, you should suspect something fishy. If a seller does not want you to have the car checked for any reason, walk away from the deal.

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