How to Buy a Used Car
you start shopping for a car, you'll need to do some
homework. Spending time now may save you serious money
later. Think about your driving habits, needs, and budget.
You can learn about car models, options, and prices
by reading newspaper ads, both display and classified.
There is a wealth of information about used cars on
the Internet: enter "used car" as the keywords and you'll find additional information on how
to buy a used car, detailed instructions for conducting
a pre-purchase inspection, and ads for cars available
for sale, among other information.
Libraries and bookstores
also have publications that compare car models, options,
and costs, and offer information about frequency-of-repair
records, safety tests, and mileage. Many of these publications
have details on the do's and don'ts of buying a used
you've narrowed your car choices, research the frequency
of repair and maintenance costs on the models in auto-related
consumer magazines. The U.S. Department of Transportation's
Auto Safety Hotline (1-800-424-9393) gives information
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