Before buying a used car, we suggest that you review the free consumer information published by the United States Federal Trade Commission. The website can be found here.
In Louisiana, the Louisiana Used Motor Vehicle Commission has a similar fact sheet which can be found here. Both of these publications provide extensive and useful information regarding purchasing a used car, including explanations of different types of warranties and service contracts.
Several of the suggestions by the Louisiana Used Motor Vehicle Commission include:
1) Examine the car yourself using an inspection check list which you can find online.
2) Test drive the car under various road conditions and speeds.
3) Have the car inspected by a mechanic you hire.