Shopping for a used car

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Updated: 3/28/2003 1:53 pm
Before shopping for a pre-owned car, you may want to evaluate your financial situation and let your budget help you decide which car to buy. Studying your budget can assist you in determining how much money you can afford to spend each month for a car payment. You may also have a better idea of how large a down payment you can make. These two figures together can help you decide which vehicles you're able to afford. Then, after studying your financial status, you can take the time to test drive some of these vehicles with the equipment and style that appeal to you. When you reach the point of deciding on one vehicle in particular, you may want to ask a reputable mechanic to conduct a thorough inspection. As a part of this inspection, it's often a good idea to ask for a computerized diagnostic test of the motor and a written report of all findings. Based on this report, you may ask that repairs be made before signing a sales agreement and purchasing your new car.

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