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Locating Places to Purchase

It is common to buy a vehicle through private-party sellers, car dealerships, used car lots, and on the Internet. Locating a vehicle close to home can reduce decision pressure by giving you more hands-on inspection time. Always inspect and drive a car before you buy, not after. It is easier to test drive on familiar city streets and highways so you can focus on listening for suspicious noises and feeling how it handles. Take time to test accessories, windows, seats, door locks, and inspect all the vital systems. If you know a reputable technician or have friends that know about cars, ask them to look at it with you.

Private-Party Seller. Try to determine why someone is selling their “good” used car. Private-parties sell cars using newspapers, automotive publications, signs, or the Internet.

Car Dealership. When looking for a new car, people will commonly go to a car dealership. New cars offer the satisfaction of a warranty and reduced maintenance in the first several years.

Used Car Lot. A used car lot (Figure 2.4) is another place to find a car. If you do not know about a particular business, check the company’s record with the Better Business Bureau (BBB).

Internet. Use an online search to easily compare and locate vehicles. Hundreds of websites on the Internet offer new or used cars to consumers.