Before Buying that Used Motor Vehicle

Looking for leaks -With the engine off, check the pavement under the motor vehicle. A wet, black stain means leaking oil. A reddish stain is transmission fluid or power steering fluid. If the stain is colorless to green, it could mean a leak in the cooling system.

Taking the car on a test drive - Don't consider buying the motor vehicle if the seller won't let you drive it yourself. A demonstration ride, where you sit in the passenger seat while the seller drives, is not sufficient. Without driving the motor vehicle yourself, you won't be able to tell if it's comfortable or how well it handles.

Getting an independent evaluation. Whenever possible, take the car to an independent mechanic for a thorough inspection before you buy it. Choose a mechanic yourself, preferably someone you've worked with in the past and know to be trustworthy and someone who has nothing to gain if you buy the motor vehicle. Most mechanics will charge a fee for this service.

For more information contact the Used Car Lemon Law Unit at
Correspondence may be sent to:

Used Car Lemon Law
124 Halsey Street PO Box 45039 Newark, NJ 07101