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Buying a car from an individual: help me avoid getting screwed over
For the past few months I've been on a hunt searching for a reasonably used car/truck. I think I found some good leads, but I need some help when it comes to addressing the person(s) in question. I tried doing some google searches, but most of the stuff I found was not that informative.
I really would like to know what types of things I can use to help me avoid getting ripped off in a car purchase. Off the the top of my head I can only think of a few things:
1) Never pay in cash (is personal check ok?)
2) Ask for some service records
4) Test drive
Assuming I get past those hurdles(and any others you might contribute) is there anything else I should do when purchasing from an individual? Do I need to draw up some simple contract stating the terms of sale? If so, is there some template out there I can use or do I just use the best legal jargon I can come up with?