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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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Buying a high mileage car and I am on a tight budget.
Hi there. When it comes to buying a pre owned vehicle, you will want to check the vehicle out for the condition it is in. Check all of the suspension, steering, brakes, running condition, and the tires. If the engine...
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Potential 84 380sl will be at dealership for checkup tomorrow. Car has 95,000 miles, if sound I will purchase, what should I be m
Look for corrosion, improperly repaired crash damage, of course particularly on the frame, and other physical damage that is costly and burdensome to repair as well as any missing original parts. When you drive the car, ideally it should track...
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I am planning to buy a 2008 ford focus coupe model
I would recommend you have a mechanic like one from YourMechanic do a vehicle pre-purchase inspection so you will get a better idea of the shape the vehicle it is in. The inspection will inspect all the major components of...
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I am looking to purchase this car from a dealership - is there anything I need to look for?
The vehicle is generally reliable and indeed reliability may be above average. However, repair costs, if there is a breakdown, are likely to be somewhat greater than average certainly for parts. There are at least 4 Recall Campaigns that may...
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New vehicle purchase.
The motor and transmission in the Aztec are solid. Of course, it there are a few things that can kill these motors. The intake manifolds, both the upper plenum and lower intake can develop coolant leaks. If these coolant leaks...
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Hello, my husband and I are considering purchasing a 1985 GMC Sierra Suburban. It has only had 1 owner and has 63K miles.
This model truck in general has a good history, with no Federal Recalls recorded, and no apparent dealer technical service bulletins. If the truck spent any time in Pennsylvania in the winters, it should be checked for salt or other...
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New radiator
You should have a pre purchase inspection by a mechanic like one from YourMechanic to do a thorough inspection of the vehicle so you know the vehicles shape. The inspection may catch a problem that can cost thousands. It can...
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Im looking at a 2007 hummer H3 for 28K (AUD). I have a tight budget. Should I buy this or not? Are the service, repair costs and maintenance expensive?
Hi there. When it comes to buying a vehicle, the first thing would be to research the vehicle and see what other people have had replaced. Check for simple pricing with local shops to determine if you could afford the...
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Just looking at 2012 Jetta 2.5 SE wondering about the reliability never owned a vw and maintenance it has 60k for 8k 1 owner what
Hi there. When it comes to buying a vehicle, all vehicles come with a maintenance log. The maintenance needs to be kept up with the vehicle to ensure a safe ride. The Volkswagen Jetta models are dependable and are reliable....
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I want to know if i should buy this car for $700 or just wait it out.
If the vehicle only needs a new axle (CV driveshaft) and a new radiator, the price is only "average". However, if there are any other defects at all, particularly significant corrosion on the brake and fuel lines, at $700 you...
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I want to buy a 1997 Subaru Outback Wagon that appears to have oil/fluid leaks.
Hi there. There are three categories for leaks, that I use. Seepage (by all factory standards considered normal) collects dirt, signs of a leak (wetter than seepage) may or may not see it on the ground (monitor level), and a...
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Diagnostic scanner is reading an ignition coil issue
Hi there. Yes, it could definitely be an ignition coil, but do you want to take his word for it? Did you see the diagnostic machine with the code displayed? Even if there is a code, that does not necessarily...
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Which car is better as far as lasting and maintenance costs. Benz, BMW, or Audi ..?
Personally I lean toward the Mercedes when comparing these three vehicles. Audi's are nothing more than Volkswagons unless you are considering something in there sport utility class. Here is a link that will give you some quantifiable hard data I...
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Cylinder 3 Misfire - 2005 Mini Cooper S
Hi - yes, for whatever reasons, the stock coil packs use steel contacts instead of brass. I would replace the stock coil with an aftermarket coil that uses brass contacts. Before purchasing, I would recommend a pre-purchase vehicle inspection by...
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Celica won't go into 2,4 gear. Owner said its a cable that is broke and needs to be replaced.
Hello. Yes, a broken, or loose shifter cable could cause the inability to catch 2nd and 4th gear. I would recommend having a pre-purchase car inspection completed by a mobile, professional mechanic, such as one from YourMechanic, who will come...
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He wanted $2900, he came down to $2400. Is it a good deal? Is there anything wrong with this year if Kia cars?
When purchasing a vehicle, you want to do a research on the vehicles in that general area and see what the main maintenance problems that the vehicles have. If the seller drops 500 off of the price, then the vehicle...
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Is this a good car to purchase?
Yes, according to Consumer Reports, the 2014 Malibu has excellent crash ratings and the "overall" reliability of the 2014 Malibu is listed as better than average, and much better than average for most individual vehicle systems. There are some potentially...
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I am thinking of buying a 2010 S550 with about 57,000 miles. What's your advice prior to buying?
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Buying a car
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Hello! Planning to go for 2015 Chrysler 200 preowned, please advise.
Hi there. When you are wanting to purchase a vehicle that is preowned, you would want to do a few things. First do a research on a the vehicle that you want to buy and see how much it costs...

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