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Buyer Beware! Has This Vehicle Been Wrecked?

Luke Wallace Feb. 7, 2020

If you don't have experience looking for the signs that a vehicle has been previously wrecked, you need to be cautious before you decide to purchase another vehicle.  The financial and emotional consequences of buying a previously wrecked vehicle can be devastating.  Buying a previously wrecked vehicle can:

  • cost you thousands of dollars;

  • pose safety concerns to you, your family and others on the road;

  • can leave you stranded if it's unreliable and 

  • cause you to lose your job and financial stability. 

Buying a previously wrecked vehicle is just a bad idea unless you know exactly what you're getting yourself into.  There are just too many unknowns. 

 One way to protect yourself is to know some signs to look for which will help you evaluate whether vehicle you're looking at has been previously wrecked. 

 When you test drive the vehicle have someone drive behind you in a separate vehicle to watch whether the vehicle “walks sideways” or “dog tracks”.  The best way to explain this is to watch this short clip of a video taken by a client of Humphreys Wallace Humphreys P.C..  

If you see anything like this, you should immediately give serious thought to looking for a different vehicle. If you purchased a previously wrecked vehicle that the not disclosed to you by the selling dealer, contact the lawyers at Humphreys Wallace Humphreys P.C..