Buying a car online - A guide


Used cars purchase

Buying a Car in the 21st Century
Choosing the right car for you
Choosing the Right Technology
Comparing your Top Choices for cars
Making the Final Decision for cars
Research about your dream car
How to gather Anecdotal Information
Choice reevaluation for cars
How to do test drive
Now Ready to Buy
Your Trade In
To buy Dream Car Online
How to make the system Work for You
To get the Best Financing
Car Warranties
Car Insurance
Checklist for cars
What to do after dream car purchase
Considerations for used cars
How to sell old car




Used Car Histories 

If you’re going to buy a used car it is advisable that you obtain a used car history on the vehicle (unless it is a certified used car where a dealership has already obtained this information for you). Used car histories can bring to light many problems with a car ranging from liens against the vehicle, odometer rollback, unrecorded accidents and much more.


You can do a cursory free check using the used vehicls VIN – this will confirm that the vehicle you are looking at is what it seems to be (a free check will confirm that the make and model of the vehicle corresponds with the VIN) and may alert you to problems with the vehicle.


Used Car Valuations 

If you are going to sell your used car – whether privately or as a trade-in to a dealership – it’s a good idea to get at least a ballpark idea of how much your car is worth.

If you are shopping for a used car use a similar procedure to determine if the price you are being asked to pay is reasonable.



You should do some fairly in-depth analysis to decide whether or not a warranty is cost-effective and advisable for your particular used vehicle. Use reliability information from the MSN Autos site to determine if there are particular issues associated with the used vehicle you are going to purchase (or have purchased already). Based on what you find out and typical repair costs you can decide whether or not you wish to purchase a warranty for your used vehicle.