Warning Signs Phone numbers and Useful
Websites: Buying a Used Car
. Car dealers/sellers who refuse to
give you a title at delivery or at time If you think you’ve gotten taken
of sale. buying a used car, you can contact:
. Car dealers/sellers who keep
changing the terms of the sale. Johnson County District
. Car dealers/sellers who refuse to Consumer Protection Division
disclose in writing any problems with (913) 715-3003
. Car dealers who don’t fill out the Johnson County District Attorney’s
Buyer’s Guide stickers. Those are From the
required by law to be filled out and
Office of the District Attorney
posted in the vehicles windows.
The National Auto Dealership Tenth Judicial District
. Car dealers who refuse to put Association website:
warranty information in writing. http://www.nadaguides.com/
Stephen M. Howe
. Car dealers who claim this “low, Kelly Blue Book District Attorney
low price” is only good for today. http://www.kbb.com Johnson County, Kansas
Never allow a car dealership to Economic Crime Unit
pressure you into buying or making US Dept. of Transportation’s
a decision right on the spot. Vehicle Safety
$200, but it will be well worth it in the do what it’s supposed to do. In other
INTRODUCTION long run. words, the car will run.
Buying a used car is a great way to Talk to your bank or credit union and If a dealer promises to make repairs
save money. But, you could end up secure financing prior to purchasing a not listed on the Buyer’s Guide get
spending a lot more if you don’t do vehicle. You will save thousands of those promises in writing.
your homework. dollars in interest charges.
A dealer must disclose to you if the
Before you consider purchasing a Contact the previous owner of the vehicle has been wrecked or you
vehicle, do your homework prior to vehicle, their information should be on may purchase a title history from the
looking. If you are looking for a the title held by the dealer, ask them of Kansas Department of Revenue for
specific style and make of vehicle do any particular problems or concerns. a nominal cost.
the following prior to purchasing:
Most extended warranties will only In the State of Kansas, once you
Determine the appropriate value of cover the Blue Book value of the have entered into a contract, it is
the vehicle and you will be in a better vehicle, so consider this cost factor legally binding and you do not have
position to negotiate a fair price. Visit when considering an extended three days in which to return the
http://www.kbb.com/ to determine the warranty. vehicle if you encounter problems.
Your Rights So as with any major purchase, do
Once you’ve narrowed your choices your homework prior to signing any
down, research the frequency of contracts.
repair and maintenance on the Under Kansas law, car dealers must
vehicle at the U.S. Department of provide an FTC Buyer’s Guide and post it
Transportation’s Vehicle Safety web- on the vehicle’s window. The Buyer’s
site at: http://www-odi.nhtsa.dot.gov/ Guide must disclose the vehicle’s
warranty, what is covered, and how much
Have a third party certified mechanic you will have to pay for repairs.
perform a thorough check on the In Kansas, car dealers cannot sell a
vehicle you are considering. If you vehicle “AS IS.” The dealer must provide
are considering a specific make of some type of warranty.
vehicle have it thoroughly checked
over by a certified mechanic The most common type of warranty is a
knowledgeable with that type of warranty of merchantability. That means
vehicle. This may cost you $100- the merchant promises the product will