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Books about Buying Used Cars


Before bidding on or purchasing a used car at an auction, it is very important to research the make and model of the vehicle, and to inspect it properly . That way, you will be able to make a proper, education, and informed evaluation of the merits and likely problems with the vehicle, and whether the car is worth the money.

Conversely, if you attend an auction, the last thing you want to do is get carried away by excitement on the "heat of the moment", and starting bidding on vehicles which you have neither researched or inspected. If you do that, there's a very good chance that you will get stuck with a poor quality car, or even a lemon, that is not worth anything like the price that you paid for it.

Further down this page are some books (available from Amazon.com) about buying used cars that you might find useful:

You may also find these online resources to be helpful.
  • Vehicle Auction Membership Sites
    Websites with listing of government and other vehicle auctions.

  • How To Buy Cars At Auctions
    With The Present Economic Crisis Theres Never Been A Better Time To Buy Cars At Auctions! This Website Will Provide You With The All Tools You Need To Benefit From The Thousands Of Vehicles Being Sold At Rock Bottom Prices At Auctions.

  • Learn How to Properly Inspect A Used Car
    ASE Certified Automotive Technician Teaches You How To Properly Inspect A Used Vehicle - A "Do It Yourself" guide to inspecting a used vehicle by Jerry Ellingson, ASE Certified Auto Technician

  • Auto Buying Tools
    Auto Buyer Tools Can Show You The 8 Hidden Profit Areas Of A Car Deal. If You Understand The Mechanics Of A Lease Or Purchase And Know How To Work Dealer Extras Into Your Purchase For Free, Then You Can Save Up To $5,000 On Your Next Auto Purchase.

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Everyone's Guide to Buying a Used Car and Car Maintenance
By Scotty Kilmer

Independently published
Paperback (107 pages)

Everyone s Guide to Buying a Used Car and Car Maintenance
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Scotty Kilmer, mechanic for the last 50 years and star of YouTube’s “The Scotty Kilmer Channel” for DIY car repair (with over 200 million video views), has revised and updated his book: Everyone’s Guide to Buying a Used Car and Car Maintenance. In the book, he shows how to check out used cars for purchase yourself and how to avoid the proverbial used automobile “lemon.” From the initial glance at the dealer (or private seller) through the road test and bartering stage, Scotty shows how to evaluate a vehicle for purchase, and also provides more in-depth tips for experienced do-it-yourselfers. And as a bonus, he also provides tips on essential auto maintenance for all autos, used or not. Whatever your level of sophistication, this book will help keep you from getting swindled in your next car purchase and keep you on the road for many years to come.
Consumer reports used car magazine April 2020
By Editors of Consumer Reports

Consumer Reports
Single Issue Magazine (247 pages)

Consumer reports used car magazine April 2020
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GET ADVICE FROM THE EXPERTS! Best SUVs, cars, vans and trucks. Smart picks from $5,000 to $25,000.Safest choices for teens. Trade-in tips: How to get top dollar. 284 models rated.
Consumer Reports Used Cars Magazine April 2020
By Editors of Consumer Reports

Consumer Reports
Single Issue Magazine (247 pages)

Consumer Reports Used Cars Magazine April 2020
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GET ADVICE FROM THE EXPERTS! Best SUVs, cars, vans and trucks. Smart picks from $5,000 to $25,000.Safest choices for teens. Trade-in tips: How to get top dollar. 284 models rated.
Buying a Car For Dummies
By Deanna Sclar

Wiley
Yellow Paperback (436 pages)

Buying a Car For Dummies
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Buying a car is never easy. Besides spending a sizeable amount ofmoney on this investment, your liveliness probably relies on thisvehicle. You need to know that your car will get you from point Ato point B in a timely and safe manner--so buying a lemon isnot something you can afford to do.

Buying A Car For Dummies is for you if you need to findout how to buy, sell, insure, drive, protect, or rent a vehicle. Itdoesn't matter how old you are (as long as you can legallydrive and have a license), this book can make your experience withcars a smooth ride.

Buying A Car For Dummies can help you save a truckload ofmoney over the life of your vehicle as you find out all you need toknow about new and used car ownership in this entertaining andinformative reference guide. This dependable book covers allavenues of buying and owning a car, from negotiating a fair priceto finding reliable insurance to saving money on routine servicing.You'll stay in the driver& #8217;s seat as you discoverhow to:
* Calculate how much you current car really costs you
* Weigh the pros and cons of buying new or used
* Get the best trade-in, resale, or donation value for yourvehicle
* Pick out a cherry and avoid lemons--expert advice forbuying a reliable used car
* Determine what features and options you really need in a newcar
* Get the straight scoop on financing or leasing your car
* Find an insurance policy and company you can trust
* Protect your automotive assets--from steering wheel locksto full-blown security systems
With Buying A Car For Dummies as your guide, you can parkyou fears, frustrations, and anxieties as you discover how todecide between buying or leasing new wheels, how to negotiate withcar dealers, how to foil car thieves and carjackers, how to protectyourself in a breakdown or accident, and how to protect yourautomotive assets with insurance, warranties, and servicecontracts. Plus, the book features a list of ten great automotiveWeb sites for pricing information, ratings, industry news,diagnostic troubleshooting, and more.
HOW TO BUY A USED CAR: A Complete Guide from Start to Finish On How To Buy A Used Car; FROM THE PERSPECTIVE OF AN EXPERIENCED LICENSED CAR DEALER Buying Checklist Included
By DR. ZEKE

Independently published
Paperback (40 pages)

HOW  TO BUY A USED CAR: A Complete Guide from Start to Finish On How To Buy A Used Car; FROM THE PERSPECTIVE OF AN EXPERIENCED LICENSED CAR DEALER  Buying Checklist Included
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DO NOT BUY A USED VEHICLE UNTIL YOU HAVE READ THIS BOOK!!! INTRODUCTION, OVERVIEW, AND WHAT YOU WILL LEARN IN THIS BOOK: BE A WINNER IN THE CAR BUYING PROCESS AND SAVE THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS$$$; AND/OR GET A QUALITY VEHICLE FOR LESS. IN THIS BOOK ARE SOME SIMPLE AND QUICK “MUST KNOW CONCEPTS” FOR A CAR BUYER TO UNDERSTAND TO BE ABLE TO PURCHASE A VEHICLE FROM A DEALER AND/OR PRIVATE PARTY SELLER AND GET THE BEST PRICE; AND/OR THE BEST INTEREST RATES; AND/OR THE BEST TERMS; AND/OR TO INSURE A QUALITY VEHICLE THAT WILL SERVE YOU WELL. This very short book will give you the ABSOLUTE confidence, from the beginning to the end of the car buying process, of how to go out and purchase a vehicle and save thousands of dollars and receive a quality vehicle that will serve you well. This book is ABSOLUTELY the way to minimize the price you pay for a vehicle; and an ABSOLUTE way to minimize the interest rate; and an ABSOLUTE way to get closer to the terms you want; and an ABSOLUTE way to insure a quality vehicle in any car buying deal. If you do not know these concepts and car buying tips, you will CERTAINLY pay more for the price of the vehicle; and/or the interest rate on the vehicle will be higher; and/or the other terms will CERTAINLY work against you; and you could possibly buy a dud (bad vehicle). FURTHER, this book is short and straight to the point. This book is also very simple to follow and all the concepts are disclosed in a way that is manageable so you can master them easily and quickly and commit them to your memory or strategy and go into the car buying process with extreme CONFIDENCE and get a great deal. By now we all are aware that Dealers, Dealerships, Sales People, and Sellers of vehicle’s make more when they sale the vehicle at a higher price. There is no secret that the seller’s whole motivation is to sell you the vehicle at the highest price possible, and/or at the highest interest rates possible, and/or on the seller’s terms. It is a very common practice in dealerships that the higher the sales person sales the vehicle for, the higher the sales person’s commission. The higher the interest rate, the higher the sales person’s commission. The more the sales person can convince you to sign the contract closer to his terms, the higher the sales person’s commission. Therefore, it should not be a surprise to you that you need to gain the most knowledge you can to offset the sales person’s strategies and tactics and save yourself some money. Money that you can use for other things. This is just common sense. The concepts, and the explanations of these concepts, will CERTAINLY put you at a better advantage and keep the Sales Person from "eating you alive." These concepts are a "MUST KNOW." This book entails a very concise and short but thorough straight to the point step-by-step guide on how to successfully get a good deal on a vehicle. Directly below are 12 SIMPLE and QUICK "MUST KNOW" concepts to understand to be able to get the best PRICE deal; and/or the best interest rates; and/or the best terms; and/or to insure you receive a quality used vehicle. Please read the concepts below. Then, continue reading and the following pages will explain and expound on each concept and what each means in detail; so you understand each. 1. TRUSTING THE SELLER IS A BIG KEY. IF AT ALL POSSIBLE, MAKE SURE THE SELLER IS SOMEONE YOU CAN TRUST. IF THE SELLER IS SOMEONE YOU DO NOT TRUST, IT MAY BE IN YOUR BEST INTEREST NOT TO BUY THE USED VEHICLE. IN SOME CIRCUMSTANCES THIS IS KEY.2. MAKE SURE THE VEHICLE IS WHAT YOU NEED AND/OR WANT IN YOUR OWN MIND BEFORE STARTING THE NEGOTIATING PROCESS. 3. MAKE SURE THE CAR IS SOLID AND IN GOOD MECHANICAL CONDITION BEFORE YOU START THE NEGOTIATING PROCESS. 4. HAVE OTHER VEHICLES THAT YOU ARE ALSO COMPARING, OR AT LEAST ACT AS THOUGH YOU HAVE OTHER VEHICLES THAT YOU ARE COMPARING.5. DO NOT EXPOSE HOW MUCH MONEY OR FINANCING YOU HAVE TOO SOON (THIS D.......
Consumer Reports: Used Car Buying Guide Best & Worst Used Cars
Consumer Reports
Paperback (240 pages)

Consumer Reports: Used Car Buying Guide Best & Worst Used Cars
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Buying a used car is a greater risk than buying a new one, but can also be the best automotive deal around. The 2008 edition of "Used Car Buying Guide" will help anyone in the market get the best price - and minimize risk - when buying, selling, or trading in a used vehicle. As it is best to be armed with as much information as possible before stepping onto a used car lot, this book will provide everything needed including:
Unbiased reviews of every major model from 2000 - 2007Exclusive Reliability Ratings based on over 1 million vehiclesLists of the best and worst used vehicles and how to avoid a lemon A checklist of what to look for when inspecting a used carBest used cars for gas mileageTips on negotiating the best priceRecalls and crash test informationMaking sense of safety informationHow to get the most money when trading in your current carPLUS profiles of more than 260 cars, trucks, and SUVs, presenting all major 2000-2007 models
Each profile contains a photo from the representative year, a write-up of the vehicle, reliability history, crash-test data, and the model years when key safety gear was added and when a major redesign was made.
Consumer Reports Used Car Buying Guide
Brand: Consumer Reports
Paperback (240 pages)

Consumer Reports Used Car Buying Guide
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Buying a car can be a smart idea – a car loses the lion’s share of its value when it is driven off the new car lot, so why let someone else take that loss?  But buyer beware:  A used car is likely to need more repairs and may come with a short warranty or none at all.    In addition, used cars may lack the latest safety features.  That is why it is so important for consumers to do extensive research so they can avoid all of the potential pitfalls of buying a used car.
 
The auto experts at Consumer Reports have done the work for you and have compiled their extensive research and report their findings into the 2007 edition of USED CAR BUYING GUIDE.  This fabulous tool will help steer any consumer who is in the market for a used car towards the better-performing and more reliable used car models and away from those models with a troubled past or substandard performance.  Before consumers set foot on a used car lot, they should read all the valuable information provided in this book so they can be armed with as much information as possible and the knowledge to make an educated choice.  Consumer Reports knows cars and offers the most detailed and revealing used car reliability information available anywhere including:
 
- Unbiased reviews of every major model from 1999 – 2006
- Lists of the best and worst used vehicles and how to avoid a lemon 
- A checklist of what to look for when inspecting a used car
- Best used cars for gas mileage
- Tips on negotiating the best priceReliability, recalls and crash test information
- Making sense of safety information
 -How to get the most money when trading in your current car 
 
The majority of this book is devoted to the profiles of 264 cars, minivans, SUVs and trucks, presenting all major 1999-2006 models.  Each profile contains a photo from the representative year, a write-up of the vehicle, reliability history, crash-test data, and the model years when key safety gear was added and when a major redesign was made.









How to Build Cobra Kit Cars + Buying Used
By D Brian Smith

Cartech
Paperback (178 pages)

How to Build Cobra Kit Cars + Buying Used
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The photos in this edition are black and white.

The original Shelby Cobra left an indelible imprint on the automotive landscape. This nimble English roadster, powered by a raucous Ford V-8, set new performance standards, won countless races, and became an iconic supercar. The Shelby Cobra was only in production for six short years and only about 1,000 cars were ever made, but Cobra aficionados yearned for and revered these cars. Then, beginning in the late 1970s, companies manufactured and sold Cobra replicas as a kit car, so enthusiasts could build one in their garage, and other companies eventually offered complete rolling chassis as well as complete new cars.

Author D. Brian Smith, former editor-in-chief of Kit Car magazine, shows you each crucial step for assembling a modern Cobra replica, and in particular, he profiles assembling the most popular Cobra kit car: the Factory Five Cobra Mk4. He guides you through selecting the right Cobra kit car for a particular budget and performance goals, and then shows how to plan, budget, and use the necessary tools. Detailed step-by-step captions and photos show you how to assemble each major component group of the car so you assemble a strong running, reliable, and safe Cobra replica.

Also included in this informative guide is how to buy a pre-owned Cobra replica. It shows you how to inspect, evaluate, and test drive used Cobra kit cars for those who prefer to purchase one already assembled.

Kelley Blue Book Used Car: Consumer Edition January - March 2017 (Kelley Blue Book Used Car Guide Consumer Edition)
By Kelley Blue Book

Kelley Blue Book Co Inc
Paperback (550 pages)

Kelley Blue Book Used Car: Consumer Edition January - March 2017 (Kelley Blue Book Used Car Guide Consumer Edition)
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Now published quarterly, the Consumer Edition of the Kelley Blue Used Car Guide includes current trade-in values, private party values, and suggested retail values on more than 10,000 models of used cars, trucks, and vans. Covering 15 model years, the book includes VINs, original list prices, easy-to-use equipment schedules with values of optional equipment, and a table of acceptable mileage ranges by year.



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