Signing the contract
If you're buying a brand new car, before you can drive away or take delivery, your dealer will prepare a contract for you to sign covering the agreement and any additional requests. Make sure you read it carefully and understand everything before signing.
Don’t forget insurance
Accidents do happen. Even on the very first day. So make sure your new car is properly insured from the second you turn the key in the ignition. Read about your insurance options and why it pays to shop around.
If you do spot a problem
If there are any problems picked up, negotiate with the car dealer when they are to be fixed. Some dealers will offer to correct minor issues on your first service but if it's something significant it's probably best to get it addressed straight away.
If you agree to problems being fixed at a later date, ask the dealer to confirm the agreement in writing before you leave. If the car is second-hand and purchased privately, try to negotiate a reduced price with the owner to cover repairs.
If you have any problems that can't be worked out, contact the Department of Fair Trading in your state.