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Used Car Buying Guide 2003 by Consumer Reports
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Jul 25, 2011

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Obviously, a little out of date. Some good checklists for things to note about the next car, things to ask the seller, etc. Info on specific makes/models, although a little conflicting information on one I was looking at--VW Jetta. Listed as a car with low reliability ratings, then listed as good to excellent on almost all of the standards of ratings. Probably the most helpful of all the books so far.

A note--in the list of things to ask sellers, it recommends you start out with the question "what color is the car", as an icebreaker. I firmly believe that if you are a youngish female, that question is going to give the wrong impression of you. I tried it when calling a seller listed in the classified, and instead of being an icebreaker, the guy clearly thought that I was someone to whom the color is important...he even brought it up again at the end and finished the conversation with the phrase, "It's a wicked pretty aqua blue". Um, no thank you. Never again. I think it's better, especially for females probably, to start with a question like, "Can you tell me how's it equipped" and asking about things like ABS or the transmission or something.

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message 1: by Moe (new)

Moe On the Car Talk website (NPR, "Click & Clack") there is a section just like this. I found it to be very helpful when I was in the market for a used car. I then took my Honda to Russ to look at it before finally purchasing it. The combo of Click, Clack, & Russ empowered me to make good choices.

message 2: by Ami (new) - rated it 3 stars

Ami I've been using that website too!

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