You’ve done your research, and you’ve identified the make and model of the used car you wish to purchase.

But you didn’t stop there, you busy beaver. You’ve also taken a look at local inventory, and you’ve found a few vehicles in your area that are qualified candidates. There’s even one in the exact color you want.

At this point, your excitement level is probably high. There’s a rush of adrenaline that comes with knowing you’re this close to finding a car that seems like a perfect match for your needs.

But don’t let those happy feelings lead to a rash decision. There are still a few final steps to take before you pull the trigger.

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Buying a used car is not only the best way to get the most car for your money; it also helps you dodge a massive hit from depreciation. And, in some cases, older models are actually better than newer ones.

However, no matter how well you do your research or how great an example you find, a used car is a complex machine with pieces that, after five or ten (or more) years on the road, are sometimes going to break.

Auto Repair

That’s why you should make identifying a great local mechanic the very first step in your used car buying process.

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