Used Car Myths - The Podcast

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You’d be surprised by what I hear on a daily basis. Or maybe not. I get asked many of the same questions over and over again - indicating that belief in certain used car myths is widespread. Here are a handful of the myths people believe to be true about used cars.


My phone rings all day long and most of the calls are from people who went to the internet looking for help after buying a defective used car. The bulk of my practice is lemon law which, in Michigan, involves NEW cars. So these used car cases fall outside my primary practice area.

But worse: Most of these people do not have cases. That is, what they are complaining about is not illegal. So, I made a list of the most common myths I encounter during these phone calls and made that this week’s podcast.


Simply speaking, most of the myths are things people wrongly believe to be true about used cars. Like, “A dealer cannot sell a used car without inspecting it first.” Or, “A used car cannot be sold if it is unsafe to drive.” And so on.


If nothing else, if people learn these things before they car shop we might be able to reduce the number of people who get ripped off buying used cars.

A man can dream can’t he? I dream of a day where my phone rings less with these calls.


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Steve Lehto has been practicing law for 23 years, almost exclusively in consumer protection and Michigan lemon law. He wrote The Lemon Law Bible and Chrysler’s Turbine Car: The Rise and Fall of Detroit’s Coolest Creation.


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