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Used car deals may be at best point ever

Posted On Tue, March 6, 2012

Consumer Reports recently released a report showing that purchasing a used vehicle may be a better decision now than ever before, but consumers should still take precautions.

The report compared used vehicles in 2002 and 2011, and found that the latter year had a notable improvement in reliability. However, the organization stressed that consumers need to take measures to ensure the used vehicle they purchased is going to be a reliable choice.

First, it is a good idea to check a vehicle's history, the report said. In addition, giving the car a thorough check before purchasing is recommended. This means that it is vital to ensure there is no crash damage, as repairs may be noticeable. Also, any mildew smell in the vehicle can signal flood damage. Finally, by stepping on the accelerator, a person can determine if there is an overheating problem by unusual sounds coming from the engine.

Consumers can save even more money if they look for less expensive auto insurance rates. By going online and comparing auto insurance quotes, a person may find exactly what they need.

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