Buying a car — whether choosing a used or new model — is an exciting decision. But if the right questions aren’t asked and the right methods aren’t employed, then buying a car can be expensive, frustrating and even dangerous. Here are some tips to help you when buying a car:
Consider Your Needs
Before even heading to the dealership, make a list of how you will use the car and what purpose the car will serve. Do you plan on using your vehicle for commuting? Transporting kids and pets? Taking weekend bike trips? Knowing how you’ll use your car and how many miles you plan to drive weekly can help determine the right vehicle size, make and model, as well as whether or not you should opt for a used or new car.
Get a Vehicle Report
If you’ve found a few vehicles that you think may suit you, ask the dealer for a vehicle report or request one from an online provider (Carfax provides free vehicle history reports). A vehicle history report will provide information about reported structural damage, airbag deployment, owner history, open recalls and retail value.
Use SaferCar.Gov to Search for Recall and Safety Information
Finally, before purchasing a vehicle, use SaferCar.Gov to check for safety and recall information regarding the vehicle. If the vehicle has been involved in any recalls in the past, ask the dealer for proof that the defect was repaired. In addition to checking the vehicle itself, also check the vehicle’s tires for recall information. You can opt in to receive text and email alerts from SaferCar.Gov – doing so could prevent an accident from occurring.
Contact an Attorney if You’ve Been Sold a Car with a Defect
If you’re sold a car that has a defective part and that defective part causes an accident, then the dealer who sold you the car may be held liable for injuries if they knew of the defect yet sold the car regardless. The other party who may be held liable when a car defect causes an accident is the vehicle’s manufacturer.
To help you determine liability and file a claim for damages if necessary, the attorneys at Cordisco & Saile LLC are ready to represent you. Remember, all claims must be filed within two years under Pennsylvania Code Section 5524, so it’s important that you don’t wait any longer to take action. If you have questions about what to do after being involved in an accident caused by a defect, call us now at 215-642-2335.