Resources to Help You Buy a Used Car

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Almost everything about buying a car is stressful. Researching cars is time-consuming, and it can be hard to find a suitable car in your area. Once you do, you have an intimidating meeting with the seller to look forward to. And even after you make a purchase, it can be hard to tell if you’re driving away with a reliable vehicle.

Luckily, you don’t need to be an expert to get a good deal. If you’re thinking about buying a used car, these resources may be able to help you.

Kelley Blue Book

Since 1926, Kelley Blue Book has been one of the most respected car-valuing services, both by consumers and the automotive industry. Today, in addition to car values, they have a variety of research tools to help you find the right vehicle. You can compare vehicles, calculate loan payments, and see the cost of a vehicle after five years. They also have car-buying guides and awards, helping you find the right vehicle.


Edmunds is another popular website, aiming to provide a simple, enjoyable car-buying experience. They offer many of the same tools as Kelley Blue Book, as well as their own helpful guides and articles.


Few resources can give you as much confidence to negotiate with a seller as TrueCar. TrueCar lets you search for cars in your area by brand, body type, and price, but the main advantage is its price rating system. You can see the average price paid for each model, and TrueCar will let you know of especially good deals with its Great Price rating.

Vehicle History Report

A vehicle history report is a must if you’re thinking of buying a used car. You’ll be able to learn about a vehicle’s accident history, number of previous owners, and more information to ensure that your new car is dependable. Two of the most popular vehicle history report providers are AutoCheck and CarFax.

Here are a few other tips to keep in mind:

-In addition to the buying price, consider maintenance and repair costs as well. If you buy a car that’s slightly more expensive but won’t need to be repaired constantly, you’ll be happier and probably save money in the long run.

-Consider getting a pre-purchase inspection before you buy. These can cost around $100, but the peace of mind will be worth it.

-Remember, the seller probably doesn’t like negotiating either, even if it’s their job.


While KBB, Edmunds, and TrueCar are all similar to each other, it’s important to check each of them to make sure that you’re getting the best deal possible. Even if you’re not buying from these websites, their pricing information is a valuable tool when it comes to negotiating with salesmen or private sellers.

Have you used these websites before? Let us know in the comments below!

By Luke Smith


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