For many consumers a car – new or used – is the single most expensive purchase they ever make. The choices you make related to your car can make a major difference in your wallet. Should you buy or lease? New or used? And what's the best way to get it repaired? The answers are different for every consumer, but the information on this site can help steer you in the right direction. Whether you are buying, leasing, selling, or repairing, it's always better to be an informed consumer!
Buying and Leasing Cars Brochure (PDF)
Please use the following links for more information on purchasing cars.
- Auto Repair
- Buying a Car
- Buying Precautions & Used Car Considerations
- Lemon Law
- Consigning Cars
- Gas Prices
Resources & Links
The Attorney General's Office provides information and informal complaint resolution services to consumers and businesses. You may file a complaint with the Attorney General’s Office either online via our File a Complaint page or by mail.
The Attorney General cannot act as your private attorney. If your complaint needs immediate legal action, you should consider private legal action in Small Claims Court (no attorney necessary) if your claim is under $5,000. You can find more information about Small Claims Court here. If your complaint involves more than $5,000, you may want to contact a private attorney. If your problem involves substantial continuing problems with warranty repairs to a new car, you may be eligible for arbitration through Washington’s Lemon Law.
Department of Licensing, Dealer Division
Department of Ecology, Vehicle Emissions
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration