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6 easy steps for buying a car online

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When you know what you can afford and have several options within your price range, it's time to turn off the computer for a bit.

"Never buy a car without testing it," Fix says. You can find plenty of information online, but even Google can't help you determine exactly what it feels like to sit in the driver's seat.

When test-driving the car, make sure you can get in and out of the vehicle easily. You'll want to feel comfortable while driving it. Also check that you can easily see the instruments and reach the controls.

While test-driving is important for any car, it's essential if you're purchasing a used one. Ask about the car's history and to see the car's title, Fix says. If you're seriously considering buying the car, have it evaluated by an Automotive Service Excellence, or ASE, certified technician.


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