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Tips for Buying a Used Car

KENNEWICK, Wash.- Most everybody agrees, buying a car is a huge decision, the second largest purchase most people will ever make, but making sure you've done your research can ensure you'll make a good decision.

When looking for a used car, many people just drive around until they find something they like, but dealers like SS Trucks in Kennewick say you should make sure a car's been properly inspected before you sign.

"We at SS Trucks as a dealership have a vehicle inspected. Such as the frame, and mechanical, check. They check it for leaks, check the drivetrain, make sure there's no slippage in the tranny," said Scott Saltz, owner of SS Trucks. 

Though SS Trucks does this, some don't and the Better Business Bureau warns to always do your research.

"The most important thing you need to do is to do some research. What kind of car do they want, what are they looking for, the options, that type of thing. What their financing options are," said Norma Miller of the BBB. 

The BBB also warns buyers to always have a price range in mind, and never let a dealer pressure you into making a poor decision.

"If you feel like you're being pressured at any dealership, I would go home and think about it for a night or two," said Saltz. 

Simply looking over the car closely is something many people forget to do.

Also, make sure prices are posted on the car, otherwise dealers can create a price as you start to negotiate, and make sure to always get a CARFAX report. It can tell you whether the car's been in any accidents and whether the mileage is correct.

A CARFAX report also gives you information on the number of owners a car has had and where it came from.  Saltz warns that CARFAX isn't always perfect, but it's still a great way to ensure you make a good decision.