BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Income tax season is a busy time of year for car dealerships, however, it’s important to consider a few things before taking that used car off the lot.
Ragusa’s Automotive Shop owner, Blaze Ragusa, says there are a few issues he sees too often.
“Certainly you should test drive it for sure, and if you’re feeling any kind of driveability issues, then it’s usually a problem. Make sure that all your safety items are good, your tires, your brakes, all your lighting, your illumination around the car is working," Ragusa said.
Ragusa also suggests the car buyer to ask the dealer to let them bring the car to a personal mechanic. Derek Parnell, executive director for the Louisiana Used Motor Vehicle Commission, says if a seller refuses to allow a customer to take a vehicle to a mechanic, that raises a red flag.
“Majority of dealers are going to allow you to do that. If that dealer does not allow you to do that, I would reconsider going to that dealership,” said Parnell.
The commission oversees the used car industry across Louisiana. They also investigate consumer complaints. Parnell says one of the biggest concerns they have is customer understanding what they’re signing.
“It’s very very important to understand that contract. I see a lot of instances where consumers sign off on these contracts and they get themselves into a situation where they can’t believe something is happening, but the contract itself did list that language,” Parnell said.
Parnell says bringing another person along while car shopping may help catch any oversights. For a full list of tips from the Louisiana Used Motor Vehicle Commission, click here.