Buying A Used Car

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When shopping for a used car you can take two very different routes. In my younger years with much less cash I always bought used from a private party. But you can also find some pretty good deals at the dealer as well.

When shopping for a used car you could start with your newspaper, or better yet try something like Craigslist. Don’t limit yourself to your immediate area if you travel often or have family in areas a little farther out. Increase your options.

Secondly, you need to come up with a list of questions to ask about the car. Some things that are important:

1 – Condition of Car
2 – Does it have a salvaged title?
3- How many miles are on the car?
4 – What are...

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4 Responses to Buying A Used Car

  1. Amy says:

    Sound advice. I was always afraid of buying a used car because of what I perceived would be major reliability issues. I was prepared to take out a loan and purchase a Honda Accord or Civic in the $10k range (which actually doesn’t get you a very new Honda, I learned, so that plan wasn’t really going to work) when a friend of a friend decided to sell her almost 20-year-old Civic. I bought it for $1,000 and have found it to be very reliable. Even though I’ve spent about $2,000 repairing it over the course of two years, having an older vehicle has saved me a ton in insurance costs and I don’t have to deal with a car payment, so I’ve still come out ahead.

  2. Max says:

    I keep telling people, but they don’t listen: the best used car you can ever buy is an ’81-’85 Mercedes-Benz 300D / 300SD, especially if you’re willing to get your hands dirty once in a while (change oil, adjust valves, etc). I bought mine for $4k nearly 3 years ago off eBay, and drove the hell out of it (including cross-country), and it’s just getting broken in (140K miles). Besides, with gas prices pushing $4/gal this summer, you can always fill this trusty diesel with used peanut oil.

  3. Clever Dude says:

    Excellent article Teri! I too was always afraid of used cars. I thought I would get the best features and options on new cars, but I agree that you get alot more information about the reliability of a used car than a new one, even of the same model.

    At this time of my life, I’m just interested in other things than new gadgets in my vehicle or a flashy ride. I want utility for a reasonable price.

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