The best resources when shopping for a used car

Most of you know that I am a big proponent for purchasing used cars. That’s why I have compiled the following list of solid resources to use when hunting for a reliable previously-owned vehicle.  Here is how to find that perfectly kempt ride:Print research – Familiarize yourself with Consumer Reports’ annual “Best & Worst Cars” edition.  Earlier this week, Consumer Reportsreleased its annual magazine featuring ratings and recommendations for both new and previous model year vehicles. The April 2011 edition is a print issue that you won’t want to leave on the stands. Check out the video below recapping the research they put into this major issue.

Online research – You can also get educated about prior model year cars (2010 and earlier) from traditional print magazines like Motor Trend, and Car and Driver by finding them online. While these sites are great for learning all about the vehicle, visit Edmunds.com or Kelley Blue Book to learn more about how a used car should be priced.

Where to buy – Printed listings of vehicles for sale are pretty much extinct. Look for local used car listings online at sites like Craigslist and Autotrader.com. Many car dealers also sell their used vehicles through eBay Motors, often offering major discounts for purchasing through the Internet.I hope you found this brief list of resources helpful. Remember to give yourself plenty of time to research and look around when shopping for a used car. As always, additional suggestions are welcome, so please share them in the comments section below!

For more tips and suggestions when shopping for a used car, check out these previous posts from Be Car Chic:

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Melanie Batenchuk founded Be Car Chic in 2009 as a way to help consumers make smart decisions when buying and selling their cars. Her prior work at the dealership, trade association and manufacturer levels has provided her a deep understanding of the complex facets within the auto industry, making her a leading woman in her field.