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Are you considering buying a used car? Spending time to research the car you are considering could save you money. Whether you are buying a car from a dealer or private party, you can protect yourself from buying a lemon with these useful tips.

  • Test drive the car in varied conditions such as freeway, in town, uphill, or inclement weather.
  • Ask for maintenance records. Knowing how the car has been maintained should influence your decision.
  • Research the model of the car to understand safety statistics, maintenance costs, mpg, and customer satisfaction. There may also be an inspection checklist for you to follow.
  • Run a VIN check with the National Motor Vehicle Title Information System (NMVTIS) to find information about a clean title, odometer data, or possible damage history.
  • Find out if any recalls have been issued on the model at Ask for the repairs to be fixed or documentation proving the recall repairs have been handled appropriately.
  • Determine the value of the vehicle before you start negotiations. Resources like Kelley Blue Book or NADA Guides will help you conclude an accurate value.
  • Ask a trusted mechanic to inspect the car. A respectable mechanic will have extensive knowledge about the model and will know what to look for.
  • In Oregon, used cars can be sold "As-Is" with little recourse for buyers who purchase lemons. Don't get stuck with a bad used car. At Lance's Superior Auto, our AAA/ASE-certified mechanics will inspect the car you are considering for safety, performance and value.

    Lance's Superior Auto Service

    30775 SW Boones Ferry Rd, Suite D, Wilsonville, OR 97070


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