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Buying a Used Car

Buying a used car can be confusing and difficult. A quick look may tell you a car is in bad condition, but you can't always tell just by looking. Some dealers hide things from you. Others mislead you. Here are some answers to questions you may have about buying a used car.

Borrower Beware: The High Cost of Payday and Auto Title Lenders, Pawnbrokers and Rent-To-Own Stores

This fact sheet describes the high cost of different kinds of small loans - payday loans, pawning your car's title, and renting-to-own a TV, stereo, furniture or appliances. (You must have a PDF reader on your computer to open this document. To get Adobe’s PDF Reader, click on the Get Adobe Reader icon to download.)

Buying a Used Car? Facts for Consumers

Before you start shopping for a car, do some homework. This site covers payment options, dealer sales, warranties, service contracts, private sales, and more. Also in Spanish/Español

Credit Insurance: Is It for You?

The next time you apply for a loan, the lender may ask if you want to buy credit insurance. The lender may even include it in your loan papers. Before you buy it, think about what you are paying - and what you are getting. Read this document for more information.


If you owe money to a person or business and cannot pay, they will try to collect. If a creditor sues you and gets a court judgment, the creditor may have the right to execute against your property. This document explains how a creditor does this and what you can do to protect your property.

Car Information

Good collection of resources regarding cars, car pricing and safety information, lemon law summaries.

Get Your Vehicle History From the State of Alabama

Need to know the title history for your car? Follow these steps to get the report from the State of Alabama.

My New Car is a Lemon

Alabama law gives rights to people who buy defective new cars. This article talks about those rights. To learn about rights buyers of used cars have, see "Buying a Used Car" above


If you bought something on credit or put up something you own as collateral, the creditor may have the right to repossess it. Cars are often repossessed. We use a car as an example for repossessions and answer questions about what you can do.

Save Those Papers!

In order to protect your rights, you may need to use papers others have given you. This fact sheet tells you what papers you should save.

Title Pawns

What are Title Pawns? Who uses Title Pawns? Why shouldn't I make a Title Pawn? Answers to these questions and more are in this document.

What to Do After an Automobile Accident

When do I have to report an accident? How do I report? How do I get a copy of the accident report? Who else do I have to call? What happens if the accident was my fault? This document answers these questions and more.

What You Can Do to Protect Yourself Against Binding Mandatory Arbitration Agreements

How do I get a credit card without a binding arbitration agreement? How do I buy a car without signing an arbitration agreement? Read this for answers to these questions and more advice.

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