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Jul 19, 2013 1:14PM
Register on forums for the particular model you're considering and ask forum members what things to check - they will be a wealth of information about potential problem areas...
You may even be able to find the model for which you're looking on a forum for sale. Generally, cars owned by forum members indicate an above-average interest by their owners, and may have been better looked-after than the average of the model.

Jul 22, 2013 12:51AM
As for tip # 5 beware the mechanic you take your new vehicle to. a shady mechanic will tell you all kinds of shlt is wrong just to keep you coming back to open your wallet. Just know who your mechanic is.
Jul 22, 2013 6:28AM
A fantastic "unknown" place to shop for used cars is at a college's graduate school. If you go to the school's graduate mailroom or recreation room about a month before the school year ends, you will find many cars posted for sale by the foreign students who will be graduating and leaving the country. They HAVE to sell and will be very willing to negotiate on price.
Jul 22, 2013 2:42PM
In Phoenix avoid any car lot within 10 miles of South Phoenix.
Jul 22, 2013 3:11AM
Good advice, but service records are going to be very hard to find on most cars, and your independent mechanic is not always your friend. He will usually point out EVERYTHING that is even slightly worn, and give you an estimate for thousands of dollars in maintenance that needs to be done RIGHT NOW! Why? Because repairing your car is how he makes his living. It is not in his best interest to tell you that you have found a good car and it doesn't need any repairs today. So have it inspected, but consider the results carefully. Don't let a hungry mechanic prevent you from getting the right car.  
Jul 22, 2013 4:48AM
i agree with the guy that said lumina ... dont ever get a lumina - its the worst to work on i have ever seen - when you have to shift the whole engine just to remove spark plugs - thats crappy 

Another great way to avoid buying a lemon is to purchase oranges or apples.

Jul 22, 2013 2:49AM
Without a working crystal ball, you can't predict what you are getting, or when it's going to blow-up, but using some common sense is always a good thing. Most newer vehicles may have costly regular maintenance items, such as timing belts that need replaced at certain mileage points, and the repairs may prove to be costly, so it's great to see if or when those things were done. Check the tire replacement costs, as sooner or later it will need done, and there are cars out there that require very expensive tires, with most all-wheel drive vehicles recommending replacement of all 4 at once. Buying a used car is a crap shoot, no matter how much info you get, but I will agree with a previous post, that the Hondas and Toyotas run forever ... The last Honda I had had 300,000 miles on it, and the car was still very reliable, and solid. I think the domestic auto makers have come a long way, but they still lack the long-term quality, and resale value. I worked on cars for a long time, professionally, and put two kids through college thanks to the Ford Motor Company, and their Escorts, Tempos, and Taurus's of the 1980's. .... with GM's offerings not far behind .... and Chrysler is in a league of its own !!
Jul 22, 2013 3:36AM
Once a person has a vehicle have the simple maintenance done on vehicle such as oil changes and other fluids. Thermostats are a very important item. Check belts.  I see a lot of vehicles down on the side of the road. Many from lack of regular maintenance. A good service man is worth his weight. And you don't always find them at a dealer. Dealers have their own agenda. Maybe one day they will be better.
Jul 22, 2013 12:09AM

Avoid at any cost Chevrolet Astro, Lumina and S10.


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