Friday, July 26, 2013

Buying a Used Car - STEP 9

Step 9 - Signing the Sales Documents

When you make the decision to purchase a vehicle, make sure to read the sales documents.  The finance manager at the dealership may try to pressure you into rushing through the documents without reading them, and may even go so far as holding his hand over the documents while you sign them.  Don't let him! Make sure to read through all of the sales documents and ask any questions that you have about them.

Look carefully over the sales contract to make sure that you are not paying for any "extras" that you do not need or want such as "personal assistant", "environmental package", "etch", "key care", "pro-pack", or "credit life", just to name a few.  If you don't pay close attention, you could be paying thousands of dollars for these "soft add ons" that you simply don't need.

If the dealer made any promises or guarantees, make sure that the promises or guarantees are included in writing on the sales contract.  Nothing counts if it is not in writing and make sure it is signed by the salesperson or car dealer.  If the promises or guarantees are not in writing, they can be extremely difficult to enforce.  

Beth Wells
Helping Consumers Get Rid of Lemons, 9 Years Running

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