In light of that question, consumers need to be vigilant when leasing or purchasing a new car, truck, or any other motor vehicle (motorboat, 18 wheeler, etc). We have gone way beyond of the days of simply kicking the tire. Buyers should pay attention, and consider the following when leasing or purchasing a vehicle of any sort:
First, get the CarFax on the vehicle. If you ask the dealership, they may actually obtain one for you. Look into the CarFax details. Look for anything that you find suspicious and go with your gut. Although CarFax is not perfect, it can help consumers avoid buyer's remorse later after they have paid a lot of money for a piece of . . .
Second, if you're not fully satisfied with CarFax, which you shouldn't be if you are about to drop serious coin as a matter of your lease or purchase, then check the Vehicle Identification Number ("VIN") a bit more thoroughly by going to an NMVTIS recommended site.
Third, if you are in Texas, you can also check with the DMV by visiting the Texas DMV website and completing a VTR-275 ("Request for Texas Motor Vehicle Information"). There is a small fee for this request, but it's better to be out of a few dollars compared to thousands after learning you have leased or purchased a bad vehicle.
Finally, in effort to remove even more doubt (probably not all doubt) hire an independent licensed mechanic to inspect the vehicle you intend to lease or purchase. Consumers tend to make the huge mistake of overlooking the reward of hiring an independent licensed mechanic. Unless the vehicle is certified pre-owned with a few warranties from the dealer, you should pay the cost to get the vehicle inspected before you spend too much money.
Again, don't be cheap with respect to learning more about the vehicle you intend to purchase. A little money on the front end can save you thousands on the back end. If that monstrosity you bought from the dealership breaks down you will still have to deal with the monthly payments and other collateral issues. You can't buy peace of mind, but you can buy CarFax, AutoChex, reports, or a licensed mechanic.
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By: DaSean A. Jones | firstname.lastname@example.org