Used Car Buying Tips
The color of a car will affect its price - unusual colors like yellow or mauve will be cheaper.
Make sure that the Vehicle ID Number (VIN) matches on all parts of the car, to be certain that it hasn't been pieced together from different vehicles.
Do your homework first. Check out the Kelley Blue Book for the model's market value and that insurance and running costs are within your budget.
A CARFAX Vehicle History report will tell you if a car has been previously wrecked, salvaged or part of an odometer fraud.
Don't be afraid to walk away if it's not exactly what you want. There will always be another car, another deal.
Rent the car you are considering to buy beforehand for a few days to test it out thoroughly.
Start low and increase your offer in small increments.
Shop. Contact a dealer, ask for the best price for car X. Then contact another dealer, see if they can beat the first price. Repeat again and again.
If a dealer asks you for a price, watch out for the "up to" response. Example, you say $350/month and the dealer responds, "$350.. up to?"
Use the Internet to research before you start shopping. Knowledge is power when it comes to buying a car at a fair price.