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Test Drive a Used Car Like a Pro

Follow our step-by-step used car inspection process and you’ll test drive a used car like a pro. No two used cars are alike – but every test drive should be. We’ll point out what to do after you’ve completed a thorough interior and exterior inspection.

Tips on How To Test Drive a Used Car in Winter
Winter with its cold, damp weather presents unique challenges when it comes to test driving a used car, which is why you need to follow these tips on how to test drive a used car in winter for the best results.

Used Convertible Tips
What to look for in a used convertible before purchasing it.

Tips for Inspecting a Used Convertible
It’s the automotive dream of a lot of people – to own a convertible and experience the joy of top-down driving. I live in the Northeast, so it’s not always a priority, but I do enjoy putting the top down occasionally (when I have a convertible to review). With two children under the age of 5, a used convertible is not in my immediate future, but let me offer some advice if you’d like to take the plunge.

How To Inspect a Used Car
Never, ever test drive a used car before completing this used car inspection. It could unearth potential safety and mechanical problems that you wouldn’t want to discover at 65 mph on the highway. Also, this inspection could simply save you from wasting your time driving an obvious clunker.

How To Test Drive a Used Car
You set the agenda when it comes to your test drive – not anybody else. If any aspect makes you feel uncomfortable – walk away. Trust your gut feelings. Preparation is key. Make sure you’re an informed used-car shopper before the test drive. A little homework will put you in a car that exceeds your expectations. The most important thing to...

Jeep Grand Cherokee 2013 Top Previously Owned Vehicle
The Jeep Grand Cherokee is the most awarded SUV, according to Chrysler, and the accolades continue to pile up with its selection as the 2013 Previously Owned Vehicle of the Year.

Quick Clues to Sniff Out a Lemon
You don't have to be a mechanic to spot issues with a car. Here are 10 easy things to look for from Carey Caldwell, purchasing manager for used-car chain CarMax. Above all, he says: "Don't be afraid to ask hard questions when you find something funny."

Print This Before Your Test Drive
Enterprise Car Sales, which sells the rental car companies used vehicles, has a handy sheet that you can print out as a reminder on what to look for when test driving a used car.

Advice from the Better Business Bureau
You can never go wrong following the advice of the Better Business Bureau. A lot of this is dedicated to new car buying, but its segments on test driving are applicable for used cars as well.

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