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Buying and Selling Your Vehicle

Purchasing a Vehicle

Buying a new or used vehicle is a major purchase, and it can be a complicated process, but by following some guidelines and doing the right research before the sale, consumers can minimize or eliminate common buying errors.

Regardless of where they are making a purchase, consumers need to know how to protect themselves from a fraudulent deal. An unscrupulous seller may try to get rid of a stolen vehicle, tamper with an odometer by rolling back the mileage, alter a title, or sell a car with extensive water or collision damage that has not been properly repaired.

Buyers are encouraged to do their homework and not be pressured into purchasing a vehicle before doing some basic research.

Prospective buyers may request a check of the motor vehicle's record by the ADOT Motor Vehicle Division online or in person at any ADOT Motor Vehicle Division office or Authorized Third Party location. By using the vehicle identification number to check a motor vehicle record, a prospective buyer will learn of any issues noted in the motor vehicle file and determine if there are any current financial or operation of law liens.

Here are some more valuable tips to keep in mind when purchasing a vehicle:

From the ADOT Blog

Online tool helps buyers do their research before making vehicle purchase

Aug. 1, 2013

Now you can check online (before you buy) to see if a vehicle has a lien. Full story ...