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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.
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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deciding on purchasing 2002 Subaru outback auto/AWD
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How reliable would a 2004 Chrysler Sebring be?
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I'm looking at a 97 S500, 2 owner with 63,000 original miles - estate sale item. Everything is clean according to Auto ckeck.
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How to tell the difference between our 2002 and 2003 Toyota Celica because I found one online and he has no spoiler so I can't tel
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Knocking Sound when turning
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Josh I am buying a used cayenne Porsche 2014 with24,000MilesWhat will my main ten ever costs be
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Is a 2007 Hummer H3 a reliable vehicle?
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There is a 2005 toyota prius with 56000 for $5k. it has salavge title due to the back bumper being replaced. Should I buy it?
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Buying a 2007 CTS
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I am thinking of buying. I have never owned a Nissan. How many miles do these cars usually last? Good buy at $7000? Drives well.
Hello, and thank you for writing in. Your head is in the right place about inspecting the vehicle and doing some research on it. While we can not advise you to buy the car or not, you should do some...
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Should I buy this car for $1700
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What tools do I need to perform prepurchase inspection?
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I was wondering if its okay to buy a car that has a rebuilt title.
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Buying a 2005 Pontiac Grand Prix off craigslist.
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Dealer selling a jeep want to know if its worth it.
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