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Jun. 26, 2013 @ 11:05 PM

Buyers beware in car purchases

This letter is for anyone who is planning on buying a used car. As you know, there is no law that makes these dealerships give a CARFAX. You have to take their word for it.

And most people know how that goes.

I bought a 2002 Jeep from a buy here-pay here lot. I paid $8,000 for it 18 months ago, and I have driven it six months. The rest of the time, it has been broken down. I have already paid $2,600 in repairs, and it's still in the shop.

So I am going to give you some free advice.

My Jeep motor was full of sludge, and it was like that when I bought it.

There is no easy way to fix it except buy another motor. Most of these cars are bought at auctions.

When you go to purchase a car, do one simple thing. Open the hood, take off the oil cap and see if there's sludge in the motor. If the cap is clean and you later discover that there is sludge, maybe then the car lot will be held accountable. If you do decide to purchase the car, take a picture of the cap first. That way the car lot will have a harder time to lie about it.

Sharon Scarberry

Chesapeake, Ohio

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