Let the buyer beware – Caveat Emptor, these are words to remember when buying a used car. It is so hard for most people to know what they are really buying when shopping for a used car. After all, what regular consumer has the time to become an expert car appraiser, an ASE certified mechanic, and a body/paint work detective? Well, that is what it takes to really know what you are looking at when shopping for a used car.
Its not enough to get a Carfax report, and read Consumer Reports. Carfax is notoriously incomplete, and Consumer Reports may give you some good general information about the make and model of the car you are looking at, but it can’t tell you what any particular car has lived through so far, or what its individual idiosyncrasies are. Anyway, who has time to run all over town with car to see an appraiser for its worth, a mechanic for the condition of the engine, and a body shop to see if there have been any accidents???