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08-13-2012, 09:41 PM
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rynryn
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car buying depends on what kind of used car you're getting. always better to buy from a larger dealer for peace-of-mind's sake. They have more to lose by taking a reputation hit. If you buy from an individual it's smart to pull a carfax AND get a pre-purchase inspection by a mechanic. early to mid 2000's VWs have a ton of electrical problems...really, just do normal searches for "common problems with __________".

if you have a specific model in mind and can afford the airfare you can sometimes find a better deal somewhere else in the country. There generally isn't the same premium put on cars with heated seats and AWD down south as there is here, for instance. But again, get a pre-purchase inspection before you commit to buy.

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