2009 Winter Auto Guide
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7 key steps to buying a used car

Test-driving the vehicle
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Review "18-tip checklist: How to test drive a used car" for getting the most from your test-drive. Take advantage of the test-drive to write down the Vehicle Identification Number. It is the 17-digit number on the dashboard at the base of the windshield on the driver's side. Use it to obtain the vehicle history report through Carfax, AutoCheck or a similar service. Never -- repeat, never -- buy a used car without a vehicle history report.




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