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Use these ten used car buying tips when you want a quality car at a great

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Some of these used car buying tips won't be new to you. Often the trick
is just to apply what you already know. On the other hand, when it comes
to expensive areas of life like buying a car, one new thing learned can
save you hundreds of dollars. Try some of the following.

1. Make a low offer. Okay, you knew this one. A trick you may not have
used, though, is to make a low offer, and then leave your phone number
with the seller. Time has a way of making sellers desperate, especially
after you just helped convince them that they are asking too much.

2. Be careful with car price guides. Use the "blue book" etc, but try not
to pay more than wholesale. I can't think of many times when people I
know have paid more than "bluebook," so these "average" sales prices are

3. Talk to people. This is one of the simplest and effective used car
buying tips. Just let friends, family and others know you're looking for
a car. Quite often people would be happy to avoid the whole process of
advertising and showing their car if they could just get rid of it by
giving a good deal to a friend.

4. Check out the engine. Have a mechanic look at the car, and tell you
what it's likely to need in the next year or so. Then make a list, so the
seller can see in writing why you are offering less than he wants.

5. Auctions. See if there is a public auction in your area. If not, maybe
you can go with a dealer friend and give him a $100 to buy a car for you.

6. It's around $25 to run vehicle background checks for a
month - long enough to find your next car. They'll show the chain of
title, accident reports for the car, and even safety and reliability
scores for that model.

7. "Ugly" cars. Watch for cars that sit on the lot for months. Dealers
will often sell these "ugly ducklings" at a loss just to move them.
Again, you may want to leave your phone number with a low offer.
8. Rental company cars. They are sold fairly cheap when they get the new
ones in. Buy at bluebook wholesale or less, because they have had many
different drivers, so they've more wear than normal.

9. Repos. Credit unions and some small banks do their own selling of
repossessed cars. You usually bid on paper, maybe with a $50 deposit, and
then get your $50 back if you're not the winning bidder. If they don't
sell their own repossessions, ask where they are sold.

10. Consider gas mileage. High mileage may be better, but maybe a car
that costs $500 less will use only $400 more gas in the two years you
expect to own it. Do the math.

Use the tips here the next time you are shopping for a used car.
Meanwhile, why not learn a few negotiating strategies. This helps in many
areas of life, and is the most important of these used car buying tips.

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