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Resources

AutoSite
The site includes book values for used vehicles and lets you adjust for mileage, transmission and air-conditioning.

Edmund's
Offers in depth information on used cars and tells you what to expect for your trade-in.  To learn what your used car is worth, punch in its make, model, year and mileage.  Through their price index of accessories, you can then factor in the value of add-ons such as whether your car has a stereo or alarm.

Kelly Blue Book
Pricing on new and used autos.
The Web site lists both wholesale and retail prices for most cars and takes into account various levels of condition. 

Auto Trader
Prices new and used cars according to make, model, year and mileage.    

CarMax & Auto Nation
These stores have a no-haggle policy and offer a wide selection of vehicles, some with warranties. They may not be the cheapest around, but it's worth it if you hate to negotiate.

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Vehicle History Reports: Learning About Prior Defects Before You Buy

Vehicle History Reports: Learning About A Car's  Prior Defects Before You Buy
Car dealers are more apt to offer a cheaper price when it's obvious you know all about the car's checkered past.  Shop smart and ask your dealer for a history of prior repairs.  If you cannot get a repair history, there are several competing companies that can furnish this information for under $40. 

With A Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) you can receive a report indicating whether there are odometer discrepancies, whether the car was once totaled, whether the car was repossessed or used as a taxi or police car, or if the car suffered from prior flood damage, etc...

Cheap Vehicle Histories

Carfax   (800) 346-3846 or

NADA

Auto Services (888) 324-0545

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Getting A Refund From A Used Car Dealer vs. A Private One-Time  Seller
When trouble starts, you're more likely to get a refund from a used car dealer than from a private or one-time seller.  Unlike the one-time private seller, a dealer's livelihood is much more dependent on his public image. 

In many states, a used car dealer must also remain in good standing with the state licensing laws that regulate used car dealers. A dealer in violation could forfeit his license and go out of business. To see if used car dealers must be registered in Ohio, check out Ohio's Occupational Licensing Boards. Also, some used car dealers belong to a franchise and must maintain the good will of the franchise to operate. If the local seller has treated you unfairly, complain to their company headquarters.

Still no results? Then complain to the auto manufacturer. Ford or GM should be warned if the franchiser's shady practices are ruining their good name.  Make it clear to the franchiser that you will file a complaint with the car manufacturer unless the matter is taken care of immediately.  Remind them that if the manufacturer learns of their shady dealings they could lose their franchise and be put out of business.  You can find a listing of U.S. car manufacturers and their consumer help lines at your local library or on the Web.

Because a private one time seller faces none of these concerns, they may be harder to persuade. Your only back up here may be to take them to small claims court.

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Getting Your Car Fixed While Still Under Warrantee
Have a mechanic inspect your car for problems just before your warranty expires.  Then give your dealer the list of needed repairs and get your car fixed for free!  

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New Car Internet Resources

Edmunds
This user-friendly site offers in depth information on both new and used cars.  Find out if you're getting a good deal by comparing the car's manufacturer's suggested retail price with what the dealer really paid for it.  This site also tells you what you should expect for your trade-in. To learn what your used car is worth, punch in its make, model, year and mileage.  This site even factors in the value of add-ons such as whether the car has a stereo or alarm.

AutoSite
This comprehensive site allows you to call up invoices for almost all models and has an invaluable listing of all the latest rebates and incentives.  The site also includes book values for used vehicles and lets you adjust for mileage, transmission and air-conditioning.  This site is invaluable for those who want to know every extra item available for the type of car they wish to purchase.

Digitalcity
Prices new and used cars according to make, model, year and mileage.  Select a city from their extensive list and you'll be directed to the nearest dealership with the car you're looking for.

Carpoint  
Lists the best rates on car loans.

Intellichoice
Compare new models side-by-side to find the one that best fits your needs and budget. Find out about the consumer rebates and
dealer incentives that can save you hundreds of dollars or more. 

Bankrate Monitor
Lists the best rates on car loans.

E-Loan
Licensed in at least 40 states, E-LOAN allows consumers to apply for a car loan via e-mail. On this site, consumers can also search for the best rates on mortgages and home equity loans and credit cards. It costs nothing to apply for a loan and your application will get a response within 24 to 48 hours.

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Insurance Resources

www.insure.com
Provides well written, authoritative advice on buying auto, life, home and other insurance as well as dealing with insurers.  Their articles cover topics such as spotting flood damage in a used cars to HMOs in financial trouble. Buyers can search for firms offering specific coverage in their state and can check a company's strength.  You can also link to insurance companies, quote services and agents, but the selling is done off the insure.com site.

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Auto Tags, Emissions, Titles, Etc.

Vehicle Registration and Titling Information For Ohio

Ohio Driver's License Forms, Fees & FAQs

Registering & Titling Your Vehicle (DC & 50 States)
Go to the map and click on your state.

Driver-Related Forms & Applications (Consumer-SOS)
Title and registration forms, driving record forms and more.

Emission Testing in All 50 States & DC
Chart with Basic Facts, Fees, & other requirements for every state and DC.

Practice For The Written Driverís Test (50 States & DC)
Links to the official state practice test for your state, and to other practice tests when not available.

License Renewal Procedures For Older Drivers (All 50 States & DC)

Driver's License & Traffic Accident FAQs (Nolo.com)

Decoding Your Vehicle Identification Number
Free online VIN decoder that allows you to see the information about your vehicle like make model year and place of origin. Click Here for an alternate site.

For More Help See Repairs, Tags, Recalls & Other Ownership Issues


For More, See Motor Vehicles & DMV Laws

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Car Damage Caused By Pavement

Ohio Department of Transportation
For help with car related issues i.e. car damaged caused by pavement, unsafe streets, traffic, bridges and roads, etc.

Your Phonebook's Government Pages
Find the city and county agency in charge of streets, sidewalks and highways. The names of these agencies may vary from state to state.  Look for names like "The Department of Public Works", or "Bureau of Highways, Sidewalks & Streets", etc.

Where Else To Go For Help (Consumer-SOS)

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Car Defects & Auto Recalls

D.O.T. Auto Safety Hotline (800) 424-9393
This federal agency monitors auto defects and can provide you with information on auto recalls and pending investigation on auto safety.  They handle problems with cars, trucks, child  safety seats and motor vehicle equipment.

www.recalls.gov
A "one stop shop" for U.S. Government recalls. Has recall information on cars, boats, medicine, consumer products, food, cosmetics and environmental products. Just follow the tabs to obtain the latest recall information, to report a dangerous product, or to learn important safety tips.

The Center For Auto Safety (202) 328-7700
The Center For Auto Safety is a non-profit organization dedicated to reducing the deaths and injuries caused by unsafe vehicle design and defects.  Call them for information on auto recalls, complaint statistics, safety problems, class action suits, secret warranties, defective auto paint, etc.  

Consumer Product Safety Commission (800) 638-2772
CPSC is an independent Federal regulatory agency that helps keep American families safe by reducing the risk of injury or death from consumer products.

Federal Trade Commission
 
Call from 9am to 12 pm.
Learn how you can sue car manufacturers under the lemon law.

Toll-Free Directory 1-800-555-1212  
Use this free directory service to see if your help agency has a toll-free number.

Where Else To Go For Help (Consumer-SOS)

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