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How to Jump Start a Car the Proper and Safe Way

So, you climbed into your vehicle and turned the key, but it didn’t start. Now what? Commonly, this condition is caused by a dead battery, but how do you know if that is the problem? First, notice if the dome light illuminates when you enter the vehicle- if it does but appears dim, you have […]

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Understanding Tire Numbers and Letters

Have you ever wondered what all of the letters and numbers on the side of your vehicle’s tires mean? If you’re like most of us, you simply drive to a tire store and choose from the tire options the salesman shows you on his computer monitor without considering tire numbers and letters. However, having a […]

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Buying A Used Car- Part 8: Deal Closing

Well, you’ve test driven the vehicle, and you’re sure it’s the one that will work best for you. It’s now time for negotiating and deal closing. If you’re buying from an individual, the process will be different than if you’re buying from a dealership, so we’ll look at those two processes separately. If you’re buying […]

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Buying A Used Car- Part 7: Test Drive- Mechanical

We’ll finish our test drive in this article by looking at the last aspect of the automobile: the mechanical aspect. Hopefully, you started the car when you first approached it, so the engine is already warm before you leave to drive. At this point, it’s time to head out onto the road. Depending on who […]

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Buying A Used Car- Part 6: Test Drive- Interior

In this article, we’ll continue by outlining the second major part of a test drive. Once you’re satisfied with your examination of the exterior, it’s time to move to the interior. As a side note, though, you should have left the car running to this point to allow it to reach operating temperature. Before sitting […]

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Buying A Used Car- Part 5: Test Drive- Exterior

We last talked about calling the seller to get an appointment in the fourth part of Buying a Used Car. Now that you’ve called, asked any pertinent questions, and arranged a time to meet, it’s time to go for a test drive. However, before you do, it may serve you well to think over all […]

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Buying A Used Car- Part 4: Contacting The Seller

We talked about the vehicle search in the last section of Buying A Used Car. By now, you’ve searched your area for the kinds of vehicles you need that are fairly priced within your budget. Hopefully, you’ve found some vehicles you want to look at, and you’ve made a list of some sort so that […]

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Buying A Used Car- Part 3: The Car Search

In the 2nd part of Buying A Used Car, we discussed deciding on what kind of vehicle you need before beginning the car search. If you’re like most people, you’ve found that a couple of types will work. For example, if you have a small family, you could be well served by a midsize sedan […]

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Buying A Used Car- Part 2: Choosing A Body Style

In Part 1 of Buying a Used Car, we talked about budgeting for your car purchase. Hopefully, you have put together a working budget, and you know what you can afford for a monthly car payment. Now, it’s time to decide what type of vehicle you need; another way to ask it is, “What body […]

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Buying A Used Car- Part 1: Budgeting

So, is it time for buying a used car? It may not be the time you would have chosen, but you have to. Or, maybe you’re ready for something different. Or, maybe your teen is old enough for his/her own vehicle. In any case, how should you approach the car buying process? Obviously, there are […]

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