Check out the carís repair record, maintenance costs, and safety and mileage ratings in consumer magazines or online. Look up the "blue book" value, and be prepared to negotiate the price.
Buying from a dealer? Look for the Buyers Guide. Itís required by a federal regulation called the Used Car Rule.
Make sure all oral promises are written into the Buyers Guide.
You have the right to see a copy of the dealerís warranty before you buy.
Warranties are included in the price of the product; service contracts cost extra and are sold separately.
Ask for the carís maintenance record from the owner, dealer, or repair shop.
Test drive the car on hills, highways, and in stop-and-go traffic.
Have the car inspected by a mechanic you hire.
Check out the dealer with local consumer protection officials.
If you buy a car "as is," youíll have to pay for anything that goes wrong after the sale.
The Used Car Rule generally doesnít apply to private sales.
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