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Buying a Used Car: Legal FAQs

Some of us can't afford a brand new car, and some of us are just looking for a better deal. Either way, buying a used car can present a host of financial, mechanical, and legal questions.

Here are seven of the biggest legal questions you might have before buying a used car, and where you can find the answers:

How Am I Going to Pay for the Car?

Depending on whether you buy your car from a private individual or a dealership, you may be presented with a few options when it comes to paying for it. Make sure you understand car financing before you commit to a used car purchase.

Can I Inspect the Car?

Make sure you have an experienced third party inspect the car before you guy it, and that the person is familiar with your state's car inspection laws.

What Kind of Warranty Can I Get From a Used Car Dealer?

If the dealer doesn't offer a warranty on the car, that might be a red flag. Make sure you know what to expect with dealer used car sales and warranties before you get to the dealership.

Do I Need to Buy a Used Car From a Dealer?

No, but from financing to inspection to warranties, buying a used car privately can have its own particular set of legal challenges.

What Kind of Warranty Can I Get From a Private Car Dealer?

Just because they're not a dealership doesn't mean you can't have a warranty on the car. Express or implied warranties can still cover a used car purchase from a private seller.

Is There a Cooling Off Period?

What if you change your mind about a used car? Does it matter if you bought from a dealer or a private person? Find out how to get out of a used car purchase.

What Are Lemon Laws?

Most states have so-called lemon laws that can help protect consumers who buy a dud used car. Learn about yours.

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