How to choose a safer car, how to research common problems. How much value will the car lose? Can you buy a car for under $5,000? What mileage is too high for a used car? How old is too old? Do you need an extended warranty?
You don't have to be an expert to spot some signs of potential problems when buying a used car.
Before taking the car to your mechanic for a thorough inspection, have a closer look yourself.
Our used car checklist with detailed illustrations what to look for will make it easier for you.
The engine is the heart of the car and is one of the most expensive components to repair. While it's difficult to assess its condition without thorough testing, there are a few signs that can warn you about potential problems. Read these few tips.
Buying a car restored after a serious accident is a bad idea. Many cars on the used car market have been restored after accidents. How can you tell? Learn how to spot signs of previous accidents or corrosion repair.
With a turbocharger, the vehicle can have a smaller engine and use less gas when coasting, idling or in stop and go traffic. When needed, a turbocharger kicks in and provides extra power. Are turbocharged engines reliable? Do they require more maintenance? How long can a turbocharged engine last?
The CVT transmission has less moving parts and changes the gear ratio seamlessly with no interruptions. This results in better fuel economy. What are the drawbacks? Is a CVT reliable? Is it good for towing or racing? What to watch out for when buying a used car with a CVT?
Many dealers sell used cars that came from car rental companies. Some dealers will disclose this information, others don't. How can you tell if a car was used as a rental? Should ex-rental cars be avoided? Is it a good idea to buy an ex-rental car if the price is lower?
We know that the less miles is the better, but high-mileage cars are cheaper. Should used car buyers look for low-mileage cars or there are money to be saved on high-mileage vehicles? How many miles (kilometers) is too many?
Our reviews of popular used cars list not only basic info and pros and cons. We also research common problems and things to watch out for. Read more about the engine, fuel economy and driving experience, as well as check out the interior photos.
SUVs are becoming more and more popular. Many compact SUVs offer fuel economy on par with mid-size sedans. Why not take advantage of better visibility and more space? We post reviews of popular SUVs too.
A used car history report may reveal some facts about the vehicle's past: previous reported accidents, rolled back odometer, failed emission tests, flood damage, number of owners and more. Of course, a history report in not a substitute for a thorough mechanical inspection, but it helps.
If you read the guides above, you have a good idea what to look for. Print our used car checklist and take it with you when shopping for a used car. Mark anything that you find. This may help you avoid lemons and negotiate a better deal.