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When shopping for a used vehicle in West Virginia, it is important to know how to determine if it will be safe and reliable. Cars that are in good condition typically last longer and are less costly to maintain. There are a few ways that you can tell if a car is worth purchasing.

Check the window sticker

The window sticker will let you know if the vehicle comes with a warranty or any other service guarantee. If not, you could be liable for paying for any future repairs that the car will need. In the event that the sticker indicates that the vehicle comes with a warranty, the dealer is obligated to honor it regardless of what the purchase contract says.

Inspect the interior and exterior of the vehicle

Dents, doors that aren’t properly aligned, or a trunk that won’t close properly are all signs that a car has been in an accident or has been previously repaired. The smell of mildew inside of the vehicle or carpet stains can be signs that the car has been in a flood or experienced a fluid leak.

Frayed seat belts or a cracked dashboard could be indications that the vehicle has been in an accident. In addition to a visual inspection, it can be a good idea to have the vehicle inspected by a mechanic to ensure that it is in reasonable condition.

Has the vehicle been recalled?

If a vehicle has been recalled, you should check to see that the seller has had the issue corrected. Dealers are obligated to fix issues related to a recall for free regardless of how long ago the recall was issued. If the issue hasn’t been fixed, it may be in your best interest to look at another car.

The West Virginia lemon law may protect you in the event that your used car has significant defects. An attorney may help you learn more about your rights and how to pursue legal action against the dealer that sold the car.