What you don't know about your car may hurt you.
A recent study by the auto review website CarGurus has found that one out of every six (16%) used cars listed for sale in the United States has an accident history. This is even true of new models, although the likelihood of a car crash for a vehicle from model years 2009 through 2011 is reduced to one in 12 (8%).
CarGurus looked at vehicle history reports of more than two million used vehicles sold on its website in 2012. The listings were posted by both individuals and dealers. The study did differentiate between major accidents and fender benders.
An accident history decreases the value of the car and makes it more likely to be unsafe in the event of a Palm Beach car accident. How can be sure that you are paying a fair price and getting a safe car?
Palm Beach accident attorney David Glatthorn suggests that before buying a used car, you get a vehicle report from a service like Carfax or AutoCheck. A single report costs around $40 and will tell you about the car's accident history, whether it was salvaged, if it has flood damage, and if it was part of a fleet. Thirty five percent of newer model vehicles (model years 2009-2011) sold as used were part of a fleet. Fleet vehicles are more likely to have high mileage (or have odometers that have tampered with) and a record of skipped maintenance. They are twice as likely to have been in an accident than individually-owned cars.
Palm Beach car accident lawyer David Glatthorn helps accident victims in South Florida. To learn about your rights after a Florida car crash, request a free copy of David's book, The Florida Accident Workbook: Tools, Tips & Tactics to Resolve Your Injury Claim, or contact David Glatthorn at 866-413-5525.