Know your vehicle verbiage when shopping for used cars
When shopping for used cars, it's important to know your vehicle verbiage. This way, you'll be prepared to ask the right questions and be armed with the information to ensure you make a positive purchase. Three important terms to know are:
BRAND: A designation a state motor vehicle department puts on a title that indicates vehicle history information like whether it's been determined a "total loss," sold for scrap or suffered major damage.
LEMON: State laws vary, but is generally defined as a vehicle with a substantial problem that negatively affects its use, value or safety, and has had several repair attempts for the same problem while under warranty.
WASHED TITLE: A title that conceals negative brands or information related to a vehicle's history. This can occur when the vehicle is sold across state lines as some states don't verify vehicle history when retitling.