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  • Buying a Used Vehicle? Don't Get Taken for a Ride!

    Used vehicles are almost always a lot less expensive than buying new ones, but they can also involve some uncertainty. Spending a little time on research may save you money and future problems. Read More

    By:
    Office of the Attorney General, Iowa Department of Justice
  • How to Sell Your Vehicle in Iowa

    Selling a vehicle can be simple. Before advertising the vehicle, make sure you understand state and federal requirements to avoid problems between you and the buyer. Content Detail

    By:
    Iowa Department of Transportation
  • Iowa Legal Aid Car Buying App

    Need help deciding how much you should spend on a car? Use this helpful tool before you buy your car. Read More

    By:
    Iowa Legal Aid
  • Lemon Law

    If you buy a new car that is always in the shop, it might be a lemon. Find out if your car qualifies as a lemon. Content Detail

    By:
    Iowa Attorney General
  • Can They Repossess My Car?

    If a car buyer cannot make payments, the creditor may have the right to repossess and sell the car but must follow the purchase agreement and Iowa law. Read More

    Read this in:
    Spanish / Español
  • Car Title Loans

    Before new legislation was adopted by the Iowa Legislature in 2007, car title loans were a very expensive way to borrow money. The new legislation limits the amount of interest that can be charged. This can still be an expensive loan. Read More

  • Car Titles

    Motor vehicle certificates of title are very important documents that should be treated like a deed to real estate. Read More

  • How to Avoid Buying a Salvage, Damaged or Flood Vehicle

    Shopping for a used vehicle can be a challenge. These steps help reduce the chances of buying a used vehicle with undisclosed damage Content Detail

    By:
    Iowa Attorney General
  • Take the Scare Out of Auto Repair

    Here are some things consumers can do to reassure themselves -- and protect themselves against being cheated in auto repairs. Read More

    By:
    Office of the Attorney General, Iowa Department of Justice
    Read this in:
    Spanish / Español
  • Used Cars - Information from the Federal Trade Commission

    An overview from the Federal Trade Commission of what's involved in buying a used car. Content Detail

    By:
    Federal Trade Commission
  • Buying and Owning a Car

    Before you start shopping for a used car, do some homework. It may save you serious money. Consider your driving habits, what the car will be used for, and your budget. Research models, options, costs, repair records, safety tests, and mileage — online and through libraries and book stores. Content Detail

    By:
    Federal Trade Commission
  • Protect Yourself with Affordable Car Insurance

    Iowa drivers and owners of vehicles need to consider how damages will be covered if they are in an accident or if their car is damaged by hail, storm, or some other casualty. Here is a review of different kinds of insurance options available to Iowa drivers and owners for covering damages. Read More

    By:
    Legal Hotline for Older Iowans
  • Towed Cars

    Answers to some questions people usually have when their car has been towed. Read More

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