Getting a used car can be a great way to save-if you know what to look for:
â€¢ The mileage. Low mileage can be a good value-or a sign of odometer tampering. Make sure the wear and tear on the inside and outside of the car matches what the mileage reading says.
â€¢ Signs of accidents or other damage. More than half of the cars damaged by floods get cleaned up and returned to the road.
â€¢ Good maintenance. Get documentation on how often it was serviced.
â€¢ Curbstoners. Illegal dealers pose as private sellers to unload cars with hidden problems. Shop at reputable dealers.
â€¢ Open recalls. Nearly one in three recalled cars doesnâ€™t get fixed. You can check for recalls at recall.carfax.com. Franchise dealers will fix open recalls at no cost.
â€¢ Certified pre-owned. Certified pre-owned cars are the closest thing to new cars at used-car prices. Most manufacturer programs include a free Carfax Vehicle History Report, a trusted source of information for millions of used-car buyers. (NAPSI) â–