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Before you go shopping

  • Know your financial limit
  • Research vehicle models that meet your budget

Before you buy a used vehicle

  • Ask for a current mechanical inspection report or get your own inspection
  • Ask for a vehicle history report or get your own vehicle history report
  • Test drive the vehicle for at least 30 minutes and check all the features

Before you sign

  • Understand the terms of any deposit you are asked to leave
  • Get any offers and promises made during the negotiation in writing
  • Read and understand the purchase agreement before you sign it
  • Know all the terms of any financing agreement before you sign
  • Then, get a copy of all the documents you sign and keep them in your records


  • There is no return policy once you sign unless offered by the dealer
  • Going with someone who knows vehicles and contracts may be helpful
  • Incomplete agreements are not binding contracts
  • There is no need to stay at a dealership or purchase if you feel pressured