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

Get a trusted mechanic's opinion
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Unless you are going to pay extra for a certified pre-owned vehicle, you should have a mechanic inspect any used vehicle before buying. Make an appointment with a mechanic and then with the seller for a second test-drive. Take the vehicle for an evaluation. Be sure to tell the mechanic about any problems you noticed during your test drive. If he determines a repair is required, either walk away from the deal, insist that the owner make the repair or negotiate the cost of the repair into the final price of the vehicle.




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