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The Used Car Buying Experience

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As with buying a new car, there are many do's and don'ts when it comes to buying a used car. Buying a used car can be a lot trickier than buying a new car. When buying a used car there are more concerns about what may already be breaking or what's already been fixed. Another concern with buying a used car is a warranty. Over half of the used cars out there today are being sold "as is". Buying an "as is" car is very risky. Once you hand over that money and sign your name on the dotted line, that car is your problem no matter what happens. An "as is" car has no warranty (hence the name). If you buy this car you agree that you are buying the car "as is" and that the seller is not liable for anything wrong once you take possession. This can be very dangerous and costly.

Not all aspects of buying a used car are bad. Used cars can be the smartest way to go sometimes. If you are living on limited means, a used car is a great idea if bought outright. If you are not going to finance the used car, you will only have to get liability insurance which is much cheaper than full coverage which is required when financing any car. Another bonus of a used car is that a used car won't have all the added fees attached to the price like a new car would. When buying a new car, the dealership adds fees like cleaning, shipping, and many more. A used car, even when bought from a lot, will not have the majority of these fees.

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Auto VIN Numbers (short for "Vehicle Identification Number") are seventeen-digit codes that uniquely identifies a vehicle. Every truck, car, motorcycle, trailer that is built are assigned a VIN number. DMVs and insurance companies use the VIN number to keep track of each vehicle.


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