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What steps should I take when buying a used car?

When buying a used car, you should always do the following:

  • Examine the car yourself; 
  • Test drive the car on a variety of roads; 
  • Review the car's maintenance record if it is available; 
  • If possible, talk to the previous owner; and 
  • Have the car inspected by a mechanic of your choice.


For more information on this topic, read the article Buying a Used Car.




Brenda Procter, M.S., State Specialist & Instructor
Personal Financial Planning, University of Missouri-Extension


Last update: Thursday, March 11, 2010









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