Should You Buy A Low Cost Used Car?


Should You Buy A Low Cost Used Car?
Take your foot off the gas and read this before purchasing that cheap car.
  • Dealer and manufacturer warranties would most likely not cover any repair costs.
  • You should certainly have it pre-inspected before you buy it, as you would with any car, by a trusted mechanic.
  • It may be a good idea to make sure you have a membership to an auto club or service that provides free towing.
  • Research online for complaints about a certain make and model you’re considering purchasing to see if there’s something notoriously wrong with it.
  • The National Highway Safety Administration ( has a car lookup where you can search complaints filed about certain cars and you can also check for recalls.

What do you think? Would you feel comfortable buying a low cost used car?

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