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• Keep a record of every repair visit, starting with the first one.

• Make sure that you get a copy of all warranty repair orders.

• Describe the same problem the same way each time you bring the vehicle in to be repaired.

•Check your repair invoice to be certain that date in, date out, and odometer reading are accurate.

• Remember that the total number of days out of service is important to your claim.


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Start with a background check of the VIN number. This is a great place to start. You want to know what if any title issues there are with the car.

Next, consider performing a car history check. If the car checks out, you should have a vehicle inspection done by a mechanic. Make sure you pick the mechanic. If the seller doesn't want to do this, than you probably shouldn't buy the car. Note that you will have to pay for this out of your own pocket.

Next, buy a warranty. There are many places you can buy warranties from, and on almost any vehicle.

You should also use a service to get current blue book valuations on the car. The more detailed the better. This gives you a better ability to judge the fair value of the vehicle and increases your odds of not overpaying.


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Look to local papers, auto locator publications, thrift papers, local bulletin boards, and friends who might know someone selling.

Be courteous of the hour when you call. Many people are in bed by 10:00pm. If the ad states a time to call...... follow it. If not, I would not call before 10:00am or after 9:00pm.

Have pen and paper handy when you call the seller. Write down key facts like mileage, asking price, directions, how long have they owned the car and why they are selling.

Research the car online before you go to see it. Having the "Blue Book" value in your head can give you a starting point for negotiating.

Have a mechanic look at the vehicle. Most local mechanics will be happy to put the car on a lift and do an inspection for you. Expect to pay for this service, but if you have a good relationship with you mechanic he may do this for free.

Take a long test drive. Make sure you do some highway driving and also some back road driving to get a feel for the car. Some suspension problems will not show up on the highway but as soon as you hit a bumpy road they will appear.


Buying from a Dealer   Car History Report

Check out the car’s 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.

Look for the Buyers Guide. It’s 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 dealer’s warranty before you buy.

Warranties are included in the price of the product; service contracts cost extra and are sold separately.

Ask for the car’s 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," you’ll have to pay for anything that goes wrong after the sale.

The Used Car Rule generally doesn’t apply to private sales.

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