What to look for when buying a used car

Choosing a car

How to choose the right car for you

With so many choices on the car market it can be hard to pick the one that works best for you. There is a number of things to consider: fuel economy, reliability, safety ratings, features you need, how well the car will hold its value and how expensive will it be to maintain it. Read how to do this type of research. »

Buying a used car

Step-by-step used car buying guide

What are the benefits and drawbacks of buying a used car; why not new? What mileage is too high for a used car? How old is too old? What is the right price for a used car? What questions to ask when calling a dealer? - There are many question when it comes to used cars, read our guide to be better prepared. »

Illustrated used car checklist

Illustrated used car checklist

You don't have to be an expert to spot at least 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. »

VIN number

How to check used car history records

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. Read more »

Checking the engine in a used car

How to check the engine when buying a used car

The engine is the heart of your 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. »

Signs of previous accidents

How to inspect a car body

Buying a car restored after a serious accident is a bad idea. Thousands of accidents happen every day, yet when you at a used car lot, how often do you see or hear that a used car you are looking at was restored after an accident? Learn how to spot signs of previous accidents or corrosion repair. »

Illustrated used car checklist

Printable used car checklist

Print our used car checklist and take it with you when shopping for a used car. »