Used Car Buying Tips

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    The color of a car will affect its price - unusual colors like yellow or mauve will be cheaper.

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    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.

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    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.

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    A CARFAX Vehicle History report will tell you if a car has been previously wrecked, salvaged or part of an odometer fraud.

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    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.

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    Don't be afraid to walk away if it's not exactly what you want. There will always be another car, another deal.

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    Rent the car you are considering to buy beforehand for a few days to test it out thoroughly.

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    Don't give into pressure. Walk away from any deal or salesperson you don't like or else you'll risk overpaying.

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    Start low and increase your offer in small increments.

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    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?"

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