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Do used cars increase accident risks?

Not everyone can afford to head to the dealership and buy the brand new car of his or her dreams. Even those who can technically afford it still often shop for used cars because they know how much the value drops as soon as someone drives a car off of the lot. They want those savings.

While saving money makes sense on numerous levels, are these people inadvertently putting others in danger? Do these used cars come with problems and defects that could cause accidents?

It is possible. Experts note that it is important to remember that recalls do not just impact new vehicles. In some cases, companies find out about overlooked problems with cars that are 10 or 15 years old. These used cars get recalled, even though they may have changed hands a few times and it's hard to track down the current owner.

That's why it is so important for anyone who buys a used car to check and see if it has been recalled. Many issues can get fixed for free when the proper steps are followed.

It's also important for buyers to really inspect used cars before purchasing. Everything from the engine to the tires to the frame itself could be damaged or dangerously worn out. Even a car that looks clean and nice after a casual inspection may have hidden defects. Buyers need to seek these out and have them fixed.

As you can imagine, not everyone does this. When negligent car owners cause accidents or when negligent automotive companies build defective cars, it is important for those who get injured to know all of their legal rights.

Source: Huffington Post, "How Buying A Used Car Could Put You at Risk for a Car Accident," Stephanie R. Caudle, accessed April 18, 2018

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