Do and Do Not: Vehicle Issues
DO get all promises in writing. If a seller tells you they will perform some repairs or work on your vehicle be sure to get a signed writing from the seller before or at the time you complete the purchase. In dealerships these signed writings are usually called “We Owe” statements. Without such a signed writing you may have waived any right to have the seller honor his or her promise(s).
DO ask for service and repair records. Admittedly you may not find a seller who has this information but if you do be sure to get these documents and save them for future reference.
DO pay cash or seek your own financing (via a bank, credit union, or other source) for your vehicle purchase.
DO read and understand all documents you sign. If necessary ask to see sample documents before signing so you can read and ask any questions.
DO NOT sign documents which contain blank spaces.
DO demand copies of the following documents: Sales Contract, Bill of Sale, Retail Installment Sales Agreement or finance agreement, Damage Disclosure Statement, Buyers Guide sticker (the big white window document that states if the vehicle is sold “as is” or with a warranty), warranty agreement or vehicle service agreement.
DO NOT keep all of your papers inside your vehicle. The only papers you should keep in your vehicle are the registration card and an insurance information card. Other papers should be kept in a safe location where they are readily available if the need should arise.