Removing that Lemony Old Car Smell

Used car buyers often struggle to balance the benefits of saving money with the risk of buying a lemon. To lessen the risk, a growing number of dealers are certifying their used cars. According to an article in the 6/11 _Chicago Tribune_, half of all used cars sold today carry the certification stamp—up from one in three in 2002. Such cars typically have been thoroughly inspected and come with an extended warranty. However, certified cars cost from $500 to $2,000 more than non-certified cars, depending on mileage, and there’s no standard for what “certified” really means.
Some tips: look for vehicles that are certified by the manufacturer rather than an independent dealer and be sure you understand the terms of the warranty (what’s covered and where can it be serviced for warranty-related repairs?).
A recent _MarketWatch.com_ article strongly recommended buying the vehicle’s history report as well, which indicates whether the car has a clean title, has ever been in an accident, and has been maintained. and offer a single report for $20, or 30-60 days of unlimited reports for $25.
h3(matt). Matt’s View
p(matt). When trying to decide what type of car to buy, another great source of information is _Edmunds.com_.
to see the organization’s “Used Car Best Bets” and its analysis of which cars offer the “Lowest True Cost to Own.”

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