The Truth About Cars » How to buy a used car http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Sun, 07 Feb 2016 18:00:45 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. The Truth About Cars no The Truth About Cars editors@ttac.com editors@ttac.com (The Truth About Cars) 2006-2009 The Truth About Cars The Truth About Cars » How to buy a used car http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/themes/ttac-theme/images/logo.gif http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com What Is Your Used Car Sweet Spot? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/09/used-car-sweet-spot/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/09/used-car-sweet-spot/#comments Fri, 18 Sep 2015 13:00:05 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1174522 One of my good friends and long-time TTAC commenters asked me this question. Hey Steve, If you have a moment, what are the high and low values right now at auction for the following: 2000 Chevy Monte Carlo SS 40K miles gold/tan 2006 Mustang GT premium 27K maroon/tan 2006 G6 GTP folding hardtop 53k black/black […]

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One of my good friends and long-time TTAC commenters asked me this question. Hey Steve, If you have a moment, what are the high and low values right now at auction for the following: 2000 Chevy Monte Carlo SS 40K miles gold/tan 2006 Mustang GT premium 27K maroon/tan 2006 G6 GTP folding hardtop 53k black/black […]

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Hammer Time: Blessed Art Thou Sausage Makers http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/01/hammer-time-blessed-art-thou-sausage-makers/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/01/hammer-time-blessed-art-thou-sausage-makers/#comments Thu, 09 Jan 2014 14:00:50 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=675834 In the world of auto journalism, there are a laundry list of used car buyer’s guides that end up molderizing on shelves and stagnating on servers. These self anointed guides will offer the typical consumer nothing of value except puffed up prose designed solely, and soullessly, to make you feel better about your own car […]

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In the world of auto journalism, there are a laundry list of used car buyer’s guides that end up molderizing on shelves and stagnating on servers. These self anointed guides will offer the typical consumer nothing of value except puffed up prose designed solely, and soullessly, to make you feel better about your own car […]

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Hammer Time: An Old Pair Of Boots http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/12/hammer-time-an-old-pair-of-boots/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/12/hammer-time-an-old-pair-of-boots/#comments Wed, 04 Dec 2013 13:00:29 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=669002 Imagine you’re going on a 27 mile hike over the course of three days. It’s a long journey ahead. Hills nearly as big as mountains. Wet and slippery ground everywhere. And the sun? It can beat you down to the point where you feel as ragged as a wore out mop. There will be no […]

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Imagine you’re going on a 27 mile hike over the course of three days. It’s a long journey ahead. Hills nearly as big as mountains. Wet and slippery ground everywhere. And the sun? It can beat you down to the point where you feel as ragged as a wore out mop. There will be no […]

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Hammer Time: Good, Fast, And Cheap http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/03/hammer-time-good-fast-and-cheap/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/03/hammer-time-good-fast-and-cheap/#comments Tue, 26 Mar 2013 17:25:18 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=482165 Good, Fast and Cheap.  Feel free to pick any two when it comes to all things cars. Consumer. Retailer. Rebuilder. Doesn’t matter. You always get a choice of two out of the three. Don’t believe me? Good. Cynicism is always a solid first step in buying any used vehicle. Whether you are kicking the tires […]

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Good, Fast and Cheap.  Feel free to pick any two when it comes to all things cars. Consumer. Retailer. Rebuilder. Doesn’t matter. You always get a choice of two out of the three. Don’t believe me? Good. Cynicism is always a solid first step in buying any used vehicle. Whether you are kicking the tires […]

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How to Buy a Used Car – Pt. 3: Due Diligence (The Inspection) http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/08/how-to-buy-a-used-car-pt-3-due-diligence-the-inspection/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/08/how-to-buy-a-used-car-pt-3-due-diligence-the-inspection/#comments Fri, 17 Aug 2012 13:59:28 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=457181 [Ed: Part one of Steve Lang’s updated used car buying guide is here, part two is here.] You can rigorously apply the tests described by previous installments of this series without encountering a single setback. However when it comes to buying a used car, it pays to assume one simple salient fact: you don’t know the complete truth. At least not […]

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[Ed: Part one of Steve Lang’s updated used car buying guide is here, part two is here.] You can rigorously apply the tests described by previous installments of this series without encountering a single setback. However when it comes to buying a used car, it pays to assume one simple salient fact: you don’t know the complete truth. At least not […]

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How To Buy A Used Car Part Two: The Test Drive http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/08/how-to-buy-a-used-car-part-two-the-test-drive-2/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/08/how-to-buy-a-used-car-part-two-the-test-drive-2/#comments Thu, 09 Aug 2012 16:59:50 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=456083 [Editor’s note: Part One of Steve Lang’s updated guide to used car buying can be found here] Schedule the test drive for a time when there’s no rush. If it’s bad weather, reschedule. Take a little notebook, write a quick check list based on this article, and make notes. When you approach the car’s owner, be […]

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[Editor’s note: Part One of Steve Lang’s updated guide to used car buying can be found here] Schedule the test drive for a time when there’s no rush. If it’s bad weather, reschedule. Take a little notebook, write a quick check list based on this article, and make notes. When you approach the car’s owner, be […]

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Annual Edition: How to Buy a Used Car – First Contact http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/08/3rd-edition-how-to-buy-a-used-car-first-contact/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/08/3rd-edition-how-to-buy-a-used-car-first-contact/#comments Wed, 01 Aug 2012 19:58:53 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=455111 Used cars give automobile buyers the best possible bang for the buck– except when they don’t. As a professional dealer, I could tell you stories of used car calamities that would make public transportation seem like the only sensible option. Tales of stitched together death traps that looked as new as the day both cars […]

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Used cars give automobile buyers the best possible bang for the buck– except when they don’t. As a professional dealer, I could tell you stories of used car calamities that would make public transportation seem like the only sensible option. Tales of stitched together death traps that looked as new as the day both cars […]

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How To Buy A Used Car Part 4: Negotiating http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/08/how-to-buy-a-used-car-part-4-negotiating-2/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/08/how-to-buy-a-used-car-part-4-negotiating-2/#comments Fri, 12 Aug 2011 18:43:44 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=406936 [Ed: Part one of Steve Lang’s updated used car buying guide is here, part two is here, and part three is here.] When it comes to buying a used car there are two basic negotiating mindsets. You can either be fair and decent or unfair and obnoxious. If you seek to chisel and deceive then chances are […]

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[Ed: Part one of Steve Lang’s updated used car buying guide is here, part two is here, and part three is here.] When it comes to buying a used car there are two basic negotiating mindsets. You can either be fair and decent or unfair and obnoxious. If you seek to chisel and deceive then chances are […]

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How to Buy a Used Car – Pt. 3: Due Diligence (The Inspection) http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/08/how-to-buy-a-used-car-%e2%80%93-pt-3-due-diligence-the-inspection/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/08/how-to-buy-a-used-car-%e2%80%93-pt-3-due-diligence-the-inspection/#comments Wed, 03 Aug 2011 22:03:34 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=405512 The post How to Buy a Used Car – Pt. 3: Due Diligence (The Inspection) appeared first on The Truth About Cars.

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How to Buy a Used Car – Pt. 1: First Contact http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/07/how-to-buy-a-used-car-%e2%80%93-pt-1-first-contact/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2011/07/how-to-buy-a-used-car-%e2%80%93-pt-1-first-contact/#comments Thu, 07 Jul 2011 09:24:33 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=401747 Used cars give automobile buyers the best possible bang for the buck– except when they don’t. As a professional dealer, I could tell you stories of used car calamities that would make public transportation seem like the only sensible option. Tales of stitched together death traps that looked as new as the day both cars […]

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Used cars give automobile buyers the best possible bang for the buck– except when they don’t. As a professional dealer, I could tell you stories of used car calamities that would make public transportation seem like the only sensible option. Tales of stitched together death traps that looked as new as the day both cars […]

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