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Tips for Buying a Used Car

Cameron Huddleston

Bargains are harder to come by, but these strategies will help you drive home a deal.

Most car shoppers in this sluggish economy are in the market for used vehicles, according to data released July 20 by Kelley Blue Book. And more than 60% of used-car shoppers plan to spend less than $15,000 on their next car.

Unfortunately, used-car bargains are a little harder to find because the number of trade-ins has dwindled while the number of used-car buyers has increased in this economy, says Drive Time columnist Jessica Anderson. You still can find deals, though, if you know which types of vehicles have been discounted most and strategies to use to get the best price. The stories below will help.

Bargains in Used Cars: Good deals are harder to find, but our strategies can help you trim the price.

How to Shop for a Used Car: Before rushing down to the dealership, arm yourself with the pricing and safety information you'll need to avoid the lemons.


10 Best Picks in Used Cars: We identify great buys in this slide show.

Beware of Phony Online Car Dealers: Follow these three tips to protect yourself from fraud when buying a car.

Follow me on Twitter. Log on to Twitter at 8 p.m. ET July 21, when I'll be answering questions about saving for college during a #dealchat hosted by Natalie P. McNeal, of Type #dealchat in the Twitter search field to follow the conversation.

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