The Department of Licensing and Consumer Affairs is pleased to release another series of its weekly tips which provide consumers with helpful and pertinent information that they can use to be more informed.
This week DLCA will highlight information that consumers should consider when buying a used car. Our goal as the lead agency of consumer protection in the Territory is to ensure that consumers are kept informed and educated on their rights. Often when consumers are purchasing a used vehicle they are not aware of their buyers rights. These tips will serve as a helpful tool for consumers to make wise purchase decisions and avoid the risk of purchasing a car that is defective, said Acting Commissioner Biggs.
Consumer tips for buying a used car:
Learn what rights you have when buying a used car. Contact or visit the Consumer Protection Services Division (CPS) at DLCA and pick up a copy of the Lemon Law (Act #5919).
Find out in advance what paperwork you will need to register a vehicle by contacting the Department of Motor Vehicles.
Research the vehicles history. Ask the seller for details concerning past owners, use, and maintenance.
Find out whether the car has ever been involved in an accident.
Check the warranty. If a manufacturers warranty is still in effect, contact the manufacturer to ensure coverage.
Listen for additional consumer tips on buying a used car next week.
Department of Licensing and Consumer Affairs