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Motor Vehicles: A Buyer's Guide

Purchasing a car, van or other vehicle can be a confusing process, but there are nonetheless some key concepts that can provide the new owner with a substantial amount of protection should a problem arise. The first factor to appreciate is that one's rights differ when purchasing a vehicle from a company as opposed to a private individual.

If purchased from a company or a used car trader, the new owner will not be held liable for any faults that occurred prior to the sale for a period of six months. This is what is colloquially known as a "lemon law" and if found liable, the seller will be found in breach of contract and held financially responsible. However, it is important to realize that it must be proven that such a failure was not a result of neglect or a lack of servicing.

However, a private transaction entails an entirely different paradigm that needs to be appreciated. The aforementioned six month law does not apply in this instance. Rather, any problems that are encountered must be discussed with the previous owner. There is obviously less protection in these instances, however the car must function and appear as it was described prior to sale. Should the condition not be as advertised, the new owner may have a valid claim that he or she was misrepresented and thus possess the legal right to file a complaint.

Guide to Selling Junk Cars

Selling a junk car for parts or scrap is a convenient way to realize some of the car’s value. When you sell your car this way it will usually be broken down and the parts will be sold to other car owners or even repair shops.

Before you start comparing the different junk cars for cash businesses out there, it is incremental that you make sure that you have the title to the vehicle otherwise scrapyards cannot purchase it. If the vehicle is in another family member’s name either get them to take the car to the scrapyard or get the documentation changed so that you are the registered owner.

Next you will need to work out the blue book value of the car you are selling. Once you have an idea of how much your car is worth, get quotations from all of the junkyards in your local area and perhaps some from the next city. When comparing prices, make sure that you have a list of all the damages handy as junkyard representatives will ask you a number of questions about the condition of your car.

You will also need to factor in whether the vehicle is in a drivable condition. Try to tow or drive the car in yourself as junkyards pay less for cars which have to pick up themselves.