10 Red Flags for Used Car Buyers

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Author's Note: 10 Red Flags for Used Car Buyers

I've bought new cars and I've bought used cars, and though buying used is almost always the smarter financial decision, I still prefer to buy new. When you buy new you don't have to watch out for most of the red flags in this list. Still, now that I've research the red flags, I feel more confident in buying a used car because I'll know what to watch out for. I hope you feel more confident buying a used car, too.

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