How to Safely Buy a Used Car

Leif Hansen, Leif's Auto Collision & Service Centers, had tips for consumers when it comes to safely buying a used car.

1) Never Pay Cash.

2) Always have a mechanical and frame inspection performed.

3) Remember that online reputation services are not always reliable.

4) If the price is too good to be true, it probably is.

Never pay cash, always use a cashier’s check and make sure that you know the identity of who you’re selling the vehicle to; check their driver’s license. Have a mechanical and frame inspection performed, this is where undisclosed damage usually exits. Leif’s will visually inspect both for no-charge. Online reputation services like Carfax don’t usually have all of the facts, there are no laws in many states requiring repair shops to report damages, Oregon is one of those states. If the price is too good to be true, it probably is. Make sure to check Kelly Blue Book and NADA prices online before you discuss price and know the range to expect.

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