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Want to Avoid Buying a Used Lemon Car?

Before Buying a Used Car, Print Out the "Lemon Car Dodger", to Help You Avoid Problems BEFORE They Occur.

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Vehicle Make:

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Vehicle Model:

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Vehicle Year: (all may be found on the stamped metal tag on the driver side door jam)
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Date of purchase:

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The name of the seller:

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Name of the salesperson:

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Cash price of the car:

(found on the sales invoice. Does not include financing)
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KBB.COM value of car when purchased:

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Additional charges and fees paid at the time of sale:
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Extended warranty/service contract:

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Credit Life Insurance:

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Credit Disability Insurance:

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If you traded-in a car for this vehicle, state the price the dealer gave you for the trade:

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Is the trade in value the dealer gave you the same price indicated on the sales invoice?

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Did you owe money on the traded vehicle?

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If you owed more money on the traded vehicle than is indicated as the trade in value on the sales invoice, what was that difference?

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Did you remember to ask the dealer whether the car had been in any accidents?

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Dealership response to above:

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Did you remember to ask the dealer whether the car had a "salvage or reconstructed title"?:

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Dealership response to above:

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Did you remember to ask the dealer whether the car had been in a flood?

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Dealership response to above:

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Did you remember to ask the dealer whether the car had been purchased by the dealer at an auction?

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Dealership response to above:

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Did you remember to ask the dealer whether the car had been purchased out of state?

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Dealership response to above:

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Did you remember to ask the dealer whether the car had been the subject of a claim by an insurance company for any reason?

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Did you ask the dealer what documents it has to demonstrate the history of the car?

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Did the dealership show you those documents? Where they complete?

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Dealership response to above:

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Did you ask the dealer to show you the warranty history for the car by showing you a computerized print out from the original manufacturer?

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Dealership response to above:

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Have you asked the dealer if the car was ever returned to the manufacturer as a lemon?

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Dealership response to above:

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Has this car been a rental car or a demo car?

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Dealership response to above:

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Vehicle mileage:

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Have you hired an ASE certified independent mechanic to examine the car?

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Name of mechanic:

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Mechanic's recommendations and comments:

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Have you checked the vehicle's title history on the Internet by using Carfax.com or e-autohistory.com?

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Do the results of the title history differ from what the dealer told you and if so, how?

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Did you make sure to test drive the vehicle for at least 5-miles?

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Did you note any problems with the car's appearance?

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Did you have the dealer sign a "We Owe" sheet for any items discovered before you bought the car, which were to be repaired or replaced by the dealer?

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Did you get a copy of the "We Owe" slip?

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Have you returned your car to the dealer for problems the dealer promised to fix prior to purchase (whether written down or not)?

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Did you make sure to test drive the vehicle for at least 5-miles?

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Please check off the following items as you test them:

__ Ignition   __ Head Lights   __ Radio/Stereo/CD Player   __ Horn   __ Air Conditioner

__ Turn   Signal Indicators (Blinkers)   __ Heater   __ Defroster   __ Hazard Lights

__ Emergency Brake & Release   __ Trunk Release   __ Hood Release   __ Alarm System

__ Locks   __ Power Windows   __ Sunroof   __ Convertible Top (if applicable)
List all items which need to be repaired:

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Have you found any documents in the glove box and/or other storage compartments?

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Have you requested a copy of the vehicle's warranty repair history?

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Does your purchase include the balance of a manufacturer's New Car Limited warranty for your vehicle?

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Does your purchase include the a Manufacturer's Extended Warranty or Service Contract?

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Does it cover the entire car?

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Does it cover the Powertrain only?

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Does it cover all parts and labor costs?

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Name of Warrantor (i.e. Ford ESP, GMPP):

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How long is the Extended Warranty / Service Contract good for?

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Where are you permitted to obtain warranty service under the Extended Warranty?

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Service Contract:

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