What to Know When Buying a Used Car

Purchasing a used car is an exciting experience. Buying the right set of wheels can lead to great road trips and miles of safe and enjoyable fun and can give you the satisfaction of a new car without the new car price. On the other hand, buying the wrong used car can cost you thousands of dollars overnight.

Of the 40 million used vehicles sold each year, not all are in great condition. Many used vehicles can hide issues that only become apparent through proper inspection. Other issues might be present but only appear after purchasing the vehicle. Without proper examination, you could end up with a lemon requiring costly repairs just days after driving the car off the lot. Don't let it happen to you! The key is to know which questions to ask and what red flags to look for.

Rawhide Boys Ranch has created a detailed infographic covering a 27 point checklist you can use to make smart purchase decisions. It covers everything from exhaust inspections and fluid checks to price negotiations. Use the checklist to confidently inspect and purchase your next used car. It will help save you a lot of money down the road.

This infographic was provided by the Rawhide Boys Ranch located in New London, Wisconsin. Rawhide is a non-profit offering programs and services to help at-risk youth.

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