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Before You Buy

Tips to Save You from Buying a Broken Car

Want to avoid getting stuck with a broken car and an expensive loan? We sat down with Dwain Alexander, senior supervisory attorney at the mid-Atlantic regional Legal Service Office, and he shared some tips and tricks to help you in your car buying experience.

Your local legal assistance department is more than willing to help you decipher the cryptic code of car buying. Here are a few things to keep in mind when starting your adventure to a new car:

1) Start with education, do your research, and become familiar with the buying process and with the car. Make the decision not on emotion or need, but on the facts that are in front of you.

Social media has a way of telling you what is going on and who is doing what. Research the dealership to ensure it's reputable and the sales people are honest. You want to know what their reputations are.

3) As a service member, you have access to a legal assistance department of trained licensed attorneys who can give you guidance.

4) By federal law, you can bring your purchase contract or sales agreement to an attorney or your command financial specialist for review before you sign. These experts can offer advice on the price, the financing and the legalities in the contract.

5) The most powerful tool you have in consumer law is your legs: If you are not getting what you want, you can walk away.
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