Used Car Inspections.ORG offers Used Car Buyers the “Top 10” Keys for Avoiding a Lemon

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Why do used car buyers keep making the same buying mistakes? Because buyers don’t know these 10 keys. Learn from industry insiders the 10 Myths, Misconceptions and Pitfalls used car buyers will face when purchasing used vehicles.

The #1 reason bad cars are purchased is the buyers' inability to determine the current condition of the entire vehicle before purchase.

The non-profit organization, Used Car Inspections.ORG has put together the top 10 reasons bad cars are bought and financed. Knowledge is power and knowing the top 10 Myths, Misconceptions and Pitfalls will reduce the financial and safety risks when purchasing a used vehicle.

“Any one of the following ‘Top 10’ items can cause a financial nightmare when purchasing a used vehicle,” said John Adams, founder of UsedCarInspections.ORG.

#10) Used Car Lemon Law
Many used car buyers assume that since there is a new car Lemon Law, there must be a used car Lemon Law. Most states do not have any type of a used car Lemon Law. It is the buyers’ responsibly to determine the true condition of the vehicle before purchase.

#9) Take Back Period
Many used car buyers still believe there is an automatic 3-day take back period, or they can take it back if they have not made the first payment. There is no such law or protection.

#8) Automatic Warranty
Many used car buyers have a belief there is some sort of automatic warranty when purchasing from a used car dealer. However, dealers (in most States) and individuals are not required to give any type of used car warranty. Any warranty must be in writing to be enforceable and most warranties are limited to certain parts or systems of the vehicle. Used car buyers must understand what components and/or systems are covered, and NOT covered, and for what length of time. Most warranties are very limited covering just the drive train and not the majority of mechanical and electrical systems. Warranties do not cover any problems caused by previous accident damage. Note: A used vehicle might have some remaining factory warranty. This is different from a warranty given by a used car dealer. Vehicles with remaining factory warranty should be inspected for previous accident damage and abuse by the former owner(s), which may void the remaining factory warranty.

#7) "AS -IS" Document
When purchasing a vehicle from a used car dealer, all buyers are required to sign the “AS-IS” document. The "AS IS” document has two check boxes, “Warranty” and “AS-IS No Warranty” ( If the “AS IS” box is checked, used car buyers are responsible for all problems after the purchase. If the “Warranty” box is checked, the dealer offers some sort of warranty for a specific time. Used car buyers must understand what components and/or systems are covered, and NOT covered, and for what length of time.

#6) Odometer Fraud
It is estimated that 1 in 4 used vehicles have odometer discrepancies ( A professional pre-purchase inspection can determine if the wear and tear on the vehicle is consistent with the odometer reading. Vehicles with altered miles or abnormal wear and tear will be worth much less than book value.

#5) Frame Damaged and Flooded Vehicles
It is estimated that 1 in 14 vehicles on the road today are rebuilt from salvage and that 40% of all frame repairs are substandard ( Used car buyers will need a professional pre-purchase inspection by an Automotive Technician that is also a Body & Frame Specialist to determine the extent of any accident damages, and the quality of any repairs. Many frame damage and flooded vehicles have clean titles and were never reported to the DMV, Carfax or AutoCheck. .

#4) Used Car Values
There are many web sites and publications that give used car values ( Normally, these pricing guides and web sites calculate used car prices based upon current sales plus additions and deductions for items including optional equipment and excessive miles. However, these web sites and publications cannot give accurate deductions for the true mechanical condition of the vehicle. Only a professional pre-purchase inspection can discover any needed repairs, abuse, and previous accident damages. The true value of a used vehicle is the book value minus any needed repairs, abuse, or previous accident damage.

#3) Certified Vehicles
There is no quality standard or inspection standard for "Certified" or “Certified Pre-Owned” vehicles ( Any certifications, inspection standards, and warranties can vary greatly from dealer to dealer. As with any warranty, used car buyers must know what systems are covered, and NOT covered before purchase. A professional pre-purchase inspection is still required to determine any existing problems that are not covered under the limited warranty and any problems missed by the dealer’s cursory inspection.

#2) Vehicle History Reports
A vehicle history report cannot inform the used car buyer of any existing or potential mechanical or electrical problems, or the quality of any previous repairs, including any accident repairs. Vehicle history reports do not report all accidents. Carfax & AutoCheck have admitted that there are thousands of accidents each day that never get reported to their database. Only a Body & Frame inspection performed by a Body & Frame Specialists can determine if the vehicle was in an accident, the extent of the damage, and the quality of any repairs. There are "7 problems” with vehicle history reports that cause buyers to purchase bad cars (

#1) Pre-Purchase Inspections
Pre-purchase inspections (PPI) requires testing and evaluating of every mechanical, electrical, body and frame system of the used vehicle. However, there are no pre-purchase inspection standards and there are significant differences between Automotive Technicians performing PPI. Today’s vehicles are so complex that most Automotive Technicians become ASE Certified in just a couple of 8 general automotive testing areas. ( However, only an ASE Master Certified Technician is qualified to properly test and evaluate all 8 mechanical and electrical automotive areas ( In addition, used car buyers will need an independent Body & Frame Specialist to uncover any previous accident and/or frame damage (

The #1 reason bad cars are purchased is the buyers' inability to determine the current condition of the entire vehicle before purchase.

John Adams
A Non-Profit Consumer Organization


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