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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 about buying used cars that you might find useful:

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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.
How To Buy a Used Car from a Dealer: 11 Steps to Avoid Buying a Lemon and Negotiating the Best Deal
By Wade Tyler

Black Wave Publishing
Paperback (80 pages)

How To Buy a Used Car from a Dealer: 11 Steps to Avoid Buying a Lemon and Negotiating the Best Deal
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A few bucks on this car buyer's guide could save you thousands of dollars. And if it's a high-end car, even more than that. Not an empty claim, and you'll understand after reading this easy guide.

The only way to ever get a great deal on a car is to be in the business or have family who’s in the business. Well, meet your new favorite brother-in-law. From first time buyer to someone who is tired of not knowing all the ins and outs every time they buy a car, this one guide covers it all.

You’ll learn:

-The #1 negotiation tactic to getting the best deal [and why they can't fight you with this technique]

-How to avoid buying a lemon [you know, the car that has a $5K mechanical meltdown 3 days after warranty expires]

-The difference between different reports and why it matters [learn which reports they are NOT showing you and make sure you ask for them]

-The biggest mistake people make with 3rd party inspections and get screwed [from BMW's to Chevy's, this is one problem you don't want]

-The first thing you should ask for with certified cars [and why no one knows to ask except an insider]

-The 3 ways that make it impossible for the dealer to bury a bad report from you [you'll know where all the bodies are buried]

-How to guarantee you have recourse if anything goes wrong [the simple way to protect yourself, it's a 10-second solution]

This insider’s secrets guide gives you a road map to being happy ever after with your new used car. You'll find this manual loaded with great tips and insider information. Read every word of this guide before you even start your used car search so you'll know what to look out for. It’s a short easy read and puts you on the inside track from one of the only straight shooters in the used car business.

You can be the “live one” that dealers pray for every day, or you can be the savvy buyer that gets a great deal every time. Do yourself a favor and get this short simple guide right now. You can read it in an hour and be car smart for life. There's even an 11-point simple checklist included for you, so you can review it in a minute before stepping into the dealer.
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

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.....
Buying Used Cars: 2017 Edition
By Stanley M. Clarke

Independently published
Paperback (77 pages)

Buying Used Cars: 2017 Edition
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“Would you like to safeguard yourself against pitfalls and discover how to purchase your ideal vehicle at the right price?”                         by Stanley M. Clarke

Like everyone else, when we think of buying used cars we despair at the thoughts of the used car gauntlet that lies ahead. The old proverb stands true. "Fail to prepare..." you know the rest! 

There is a raft of poorly researched books out there that fail to convey their meaning and just confuse the reader even further. You are left wondering what was the point. No great secrets are revealed, instead only common knowledge is provided and in between that is simply pages of non sensical filler.

For Most Of Us Purchasing A Vehicle Is The Second Largest Investment After The Family Home

As reported by the vehicle history service provider CarFax, some 800,000 vehicles within the USA, as well as at the very least 500 taxis, have been “title washed” to hide their plagued histories. 

It’s Too Important That You As The Buyer, Know What You Are Doing And What To Look Out For

In this book you will learn:


Buying Used Cars is a quality book with real life genuine knowledge that will help you by demistifying many aspects of the buying process. Here are some of the benefits to you the reader:

  • EXPERIENCE: author speaks from a place of 30 years industry knowledge 
  • UP TO DATE: complete list of the 2017 best selling used cars
  • SPECIFIC: the content is U.S focused unlike other books that "spray and pray" 
  • MULTI SALES CHANNELS: dealership, private sale and auction processes 
  • TOP TIPS: learn the art of negotiation, how to properly test drive a car, getting a better price, your consumer rights, insurance and much more
  • HUGE VARIETY: multi vehicle segment best used cars revealed
  • INTUITIVE: logically organized and presented for ease of reference going beyond common knowledge
  • CLARIFICATION: each concept is expanded in-depth giving details and explanations that provide real value 
  • CLEANLY FORMATTED: considered and structured formatting that makes content look great on any device

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Used Car Buying Guide
By Consumer Reports

Consumer Reports
Paperback (241 pages)

Used Car Buying Guide
  • Latest edition, October to December (Winter) 2017
Product Description:
LATEST EDITION, OCTOBER TO DECEMBER (WINTER), 2017. Take the guesswork out of buying a used car, truck, or SUV! GET EXPERT ADVICE from the Editors of Consumer Reports Magazine. Answers all your questions, including: Best & Worst, Trade-in Tips, Certified Pre-owned Worth the Cost?, Best Vehicles for Teens.
Lemon-Aid New and Used Cars and Trucks 2007–2018
By Phil Edmonston

Released: 2018-02-27
Paperback (672 pages)

Lemon-Aid New and Used Cars and Trucks 2007–2018
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A Globe and Mail bestseller! • “Dr. Phil,” Canada’s best-known automotive expert, and George Iny walk you through another year of car buying.

After almost fifty years and two million copies sold, Phil Edmonston has a co-pilot for the Lemon-Aid Guide ― George Iny, along with the editors of the Automobile Protection Association.

The 2018 Lemon-Aid features comprehensive reviews of the best and worst vehicles sold since 2007. You’ll find tips on the “art of complaining” to resolve your vehicular woes and strategies to ensure you don’t get squeezed in the dealer’s business office after you’ve agreed on a price and let your guard down. And to make sure you receive compensation where it’s due, Lemon-Aid’s unique secret warranties round-up covers manufacturer extended warranties for performance defects. Lemon-Aid is an essential guide for careful buyers and long-time gearheads (who may not know as much as they think).
24: Kelley Blue Book Consumer Guide Used Car Edition: Consumer Edition July - Sept 2017 (Kelley Blue Book Used Car Guide Consumer Edition)
By Kelley Blue Book

Paperback (550 pages)

24: Kelley Blue Book Consumer Guide Used Car Edition: Consumer Edition July - Sept 2017 (Kelley Blue Book Used Car Guide Consumer Edition)
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  • Kelley Blue Book Consumer Guide Used Car Edition Consumer Edition July Sept 2017 Kelley Blue Book Used Car Guide Consumer Edition
Product Description:

Now published quarterly, the Consumer Edition of the Kelley Blue Book 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 for optional equipment, and a table of acceptable mileage ranges by year.

The Secrets of Car Flipping: A Step by Step Guide For Buying and Selling Used Cars
By Cleveland Williams

Brand: Outskirts Press
Paperback (82 pages)

The Secrets of Car Flipping: A Step by Step Guide For Buying and Selling Used Cars
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The Secrets of Car Flipping is a very detailed and informative look into the world of buying and selling used cars. Car sales is a multi-billion dollar a year business. Buying and selling used cars is not only big business, but also a necessity for millions of people who need transportation. Buying a used car is generally less expensive than buying a new car. Most people buy used cars with the hopes of finding a nice, dependable car at a great price. But many people find out that buying a used car can put them in a situation they regret. Usually that is because they went to buy the car without the right knowledge or guide to help them through the process. There are a lot of do's, don'ts, and things you need to look for when you are buying a used car. You also need to make sure you are getting the best deal possible. With The Secrets of Car Flipping you are given all the information and tools you need to buy and sell cars like a professional buyer. This information is for anyone: the first time car buyer, the family looking for an extra car, or the car flipper trying to find a deal on a good car. This book will make you a more confident and informed buyer.

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