New tool from the state to help Ohioans buy used cars

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- There is a new tool to help consumers buy used cars, compliments of the Ohio Attorney General's office.

It is called "The Attorney General's Used Car Buyer Checklist" and it covers purchasing, maintenance and contract issues consumers face when buying a used car.

In a press release, Attorney General Mike DeWine said, “This Checklist will equip consumers with information we hope will save them time, money, and hassle.”

The Checklist helps guides consumers on a number of topics including how to determine if a car dealer is reputable, how to determine the condition of a used car, how to research the vehicle history, how to ensure a fair purchase price, and how to review written contracts.  It also contains tips on car repairs. 

According to DeWine, this tool was created because of consumer complaints.  In 2013 motor vehicle complaints were the most frequently reported complaints to the Ohio Attorney General’s Office. Just last year,  Ohioans filed 5,577 complaints regarding all sorts of motor vehicle issues, with the top problems reported as issues with car titles, misrepresentations while purchasing cars, and car maintenance and repairs. 

Consumers can obtain a copy of the Used Car Buyer Checklist on the Ohio Attorney General’s website. 

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