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Helpful Tips When Buying Your Next Used Car
Checking the service history, getting a vehicle history report, and a pre-purchase inspection are all helpful tips to get the best deal possible.
What Does an Engine Inspection Entail?
An engine inspection is the first step in diagnosing engine problems. A pre-purchase engine inspection helps you know if a used car is a good deal.
The 10 Things to Check in a Pre-Purchase Inspection
A pre-purchase inspection will help you feel assured about a buying a used car. Check warning lights, fluids, tires, suspension, and brakes in a PPI.
How to Check a New Car Before You Buy It
Once you’ve decided on a car to buy and found financing, it’s now time to conduct a final inspection of your chosen vehicle. Bring a notebook or smartphone...
How to Check the Quality of a Used Car
If you’re looking to purchase a car, buying a used vehicle is a great way to save money. Used cars are usually cheaper than new ones and you may...

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