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Where to Start When Selling & Buying a Used Car

Whether it’s your first time buying or selling a used car (or your 50th) take a moment to brush up on where to start when selling and buying a used car. After all, selling and buying used cars is something most of us do probably once every five years.

2005-2012 Ford Mustang Gets Top Used Car Honor
Ford Mustang wins top used car award from WheelsTV

Fuel Prices Not Affecting Used Car Sales
There's some belief that used car and used truck prices rise and fall based on the price of fuel. In the Fall of 2012 that's no longer true because consumers have become almost immune to fluctuating fuel prices.

NADA Wants To Block Consumer Protection on Credit
The National Automobile Dealers Association, known more commonly as NADA, will appeal a federal judge's ruling that dealers have to tell consumers they have bad credit when turned down for a loan.

Used Car Safety Buying Tips
In the next town over from where I live in Connecticut, a man was robbed of $750 when he responded to a craigslist ad for a used car, which reinforces the need for a primer like this on used car safety buying tips.

The most expensive used cars to insure
Insure.Com has come out with its ranking of the 20 most expensive used cars to insure. Not surprisingly, the phrase that’s going to make your insurance agent smile in anticipation of high premium commissions is, “I just bought a Mercede

How To Sell and Buy Most Popular Used Car Features
CarMax, which bills itself as the nation’s largest retailer of used cars, regularly publishes a monthly list of the most searched for features in used cars. Let’s look at these most popular used car features and how you should approach them from both a buyer’s and seller’s viewpoint. All features are not created equal.

Tips and Advice on Getting Top Dollar Under Cash for Clunkers
Now is the time to take advantage of Cash for Clunkers. New car dealers are realizing that interest is cooling, there is a lot of money left in the Cash for Clunkers program, and manufacturers are going to start pushing hard to clear out models that have been largely overlooked. Follow these tips for getting the top dollar under Cash for Clunkers.

Banned Used Car Signs Around the USA
When it comes time to sell your used car, one option you need to be leery of is posting a “For Sale” sign in your used car. In some parts of the country, that could get cost you a ticket – or, even worse – your car could be towed. It’s a problem in Wisconsin and Virginia. Let me know if it’s happening where you live.

Used car dealer tips
Help your fellow used car buyers with your tips on the right questions to ask a used car dealer.

Used or New Depends on the Money You Have and Your Credit Rating
Tell somebody you write about used cars for a living and after the typical reply of, “Really?” there is always a follow up question: Either it’s “Is now a good time to buy a used car?” Or, “Is now a good time to buy a new car?” I hate to sound like a used car salesman, but both are the wrong questions to ask.

How To Sell a Used Car
There is a lot that goes into selling a used car. Frankly, it can be difficult to keep track of it all, which is why I have prepared this overview of all the steps you are going to need to take from prepping your used car to marketing it to the best practices for selling a used.

Top 5 Ways To Market a Used Car for the Best Results
There are 5 great ways to market your used car for sale: word of mouth, signs in your window, newspaper classifieds, craigslist.org, and specialty owner forums. It’s not necessary to do all 5, but your going to sell your car fastest by doing a combination of at least two of the fiv

Market Your Used Car at Specialty Forums
Specialty owner forums are good long-term tools for marketing your used car. You may not have overnight success with them, but in time you will find like-minded individuals who will either buy your used car or help you sell it.

Market Your Used Car on Craigslist
The website thats helping put newspapers out of business is the best place to market your used car on the web. Craigslist is local classifieds and forums for more than 550 cities in over 50 countries worldwide - community moderated, and largely free

Market a Used Car through Newspaper Classifieds
Newspapers are still a viable means for selling a used car. Just make the right choice when it comes to the newspaper you use. Otherwise, you’re going to be throwing good money after bad.

Market a Used Car Through a Sign in the Window
Selling a used car? Don’t forget to put a for sale sign in your window advertising the car.

Market a Used Car Through Word of Mouth
Have a used car to sell? Nobody’s ever going to hear you if you don’t tell them you have a used car to sell. Word of mouth is the best way to market a used car.

Top 10 Questions To Ask a Used Car Dealer
Don’t be intimidated when buying a used car from a used car dealer. Make sure you have done your homework ahead of time about the used car’s values and then consult these Top 10 Questions To Ask a Used Car Dealer.

Top 10 Questions To Ask When Buying a Used Car from a Private Seller
There are 10 questions you should ask before buying any used car from a private seller. Some can be asked over the phone or via email before even seeing the vehicle in person. Others should be asked while looking at the used car. Not asking these questions could lead to problems in your used car purchase.

Used Car Inspection That Works Every Time
You can quickly learn the skills to adequately inspect a used car. Your mechanic should inspect it but knowing what to look for can save you that costly second opinion. Get your hands and knees dirty. Look underneath the car. Test its belts and hoses. Check the oil. Stick your nose in every nook and cranny of the vehicle. Pack an old rag in your...

Get The Paperwork Right
Here’s a complete list of state Department of Motor Vehicle websites (as well as Canadian sites) where you can find out all your needs for selling your used car properly. This is especially important if you selling your car to another individual. Most dealers can handle the paperwork for you.

Replace a Missing Owner’s Manual
It’s reassuring for potential buyers if you can present them with the owner’s manual for the vehicle you’re selling. Heck, you can even find a manual for a 1969 AMC Rambler at this site. (Don’t laugh. My grandmother owned an AMC Rambler.)

When Your Loan Outstrips Your Car’s Value
Miriam Caldwell, who writes about Money for folks in their 20s for About.Com, offers advice that’s good for anybody regardless of age. In a few weeks time she says it’s possible to sell your car even if you owe more than it’s worth.

What It Costs a Teen To Own a Used Car
Teens find high cost of ownership major factor in not getting driver's licenses. They may want to drive but can't afford it.

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