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Tips for Buying a Used Car

Are you interested in buying a used car? If so, you’ll need to do some homework before you start shopping. While this may be the last thing you want to do, spending time now may save you serious money later.

Where should you turn for information and assistance? You can learn about models, options and prices simply by reading the newspaper. Also, there is a great deal of information about used cars on the Internet. Libraries and book stores have publications that compare models, options and costs, and offer information about frequency-of-repair records, safety tests, and mileage.

Once you’ve narrowed down your choices, research the frequency of repair and maintenance costs on the models in auto-related consumer magazines. Make sure that the car you choose is what you want, and don’t forget to buckle up!

Resource: "Buying a Used Car" A consumer guide from the FTC (April 1998)

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