What is an OBD code reader and how is it used?
An OBD (On-Board Diagnostic) scanner-reader is a good device to have for your own car or when shopping for a used vehicle.
When the “Check Engine” light comes on in a vehicle, the vehicle’s computer actually stores and saves the data about the problem that caused the light. The data is stored as a unique code that identifies the problem.
A Check Engine light indicates a problem that, if ignored, can cause one of more of the following issues:
- Serious engine damage
- Poor gas mileage
- Vehicle performance problems
- Expensive repair costs
- Emissions inspection failure
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Cheap Cars – Where to Find and How to Buy
To some people, a good cheap car is one that costs less than $10,000.
To others, an inexpensive used car may be one that costs $2000 or less.
We’ll tell you how and where to find the car you need, at the price you want, regardless of your price objective or budget.
Cheap car tips
Usually, but not always, buying a cheap car means finding an older used car– a second hand car – possibly with high mileage. Unfortunately, the older a car, the greater the possibility for serious problems and expenses that were not anticipated. Exceptions can be found of course and, with a little effort, good “oldies” can be found at bargain prices.
Most used cars are sold “as is” and come with no warranties or guarantees. Therefore, it is important to thoroughly inspect any car you intend to buy, and not take the word of the seller about the car’s condition. Also get a Carfax® or AutoCheck® vehicle history report. If problems are found after the sale, you will not be able to return the car and get your money back, even if the seller deceived you.
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Car Seller Advertises a Car Online – You Buy – Your Money Disappears and You Get No Car
[ If you are selling a used car and suspect a scam by a potential buyer, see our article, Car Buyer Scam ]
How the car selling scam works
It’s a common scam. Here’s how it works.
You find a car being advertised online on Craigslist, Autotrader, or other online classified ad web site. You like the car. You want it. The picture of the car is beautiful, the description is wonderful, and the price is unbelievably low.
You contact the “seller” who emails you details about the car and why it’s being sold so cheap.
By the way, the “seller” often has a woman’s name, which is intended to make him seem more trustworthy.
The seller (scammer) goes to great length to tell the story of his/her personal situation, a spouse’s death, a military deployment, or other reason why he/she is selling. they explain how they are in a remote location (often military) with no phone, why the car is being sold at such a low price, how it will be “shipped” to you at no cost, and how your money will be “protected” by eBay, PayPal, or Amazon while you inspect the car, and that you can return it at no cost if you don’t like it.
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What car is ideal for teen drivers?
Ask a teenager what car they want and then ask their parents what car they prefer for their child. You can get some pretty different answers. However, you just might get some surprising agreements too.
We hear teens asking the same questions over and over again. “Which is the best car for me?”, “What car should I get?”, “What is the best car for a first-time buyer?”, and “Which car has the best reliability-safety-style-performance-gas mileage-cost?”
We will try to help answer those questions here in this article.
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Public Car Auctions, Government Auctions, Police Auctions, Repo Auctions, and Salvage Auctions
Car buyers who are looking for cheap cars often overlook public car auctions, or dismiss them because they think the auctions are only for car dealers.
It’s true that there are dealer-only auctions, but there are also many car auctions open to the public that provide an opportunity to pick up good used cars for good prices — if you know where to look and know how the auction process works.
What kinds of car auctions are open to the public?
- Public wholesale car auctions
- Government surplus auctions
- Police and law enforcement seized car auctions
- Unclaimed and abandoned vehicle auctions
- Repossessed vehicle auctions
- Salvage vehicle auctions
- Public wholesale auctions
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Is it possible to buy a car for less than $1000?
Buying a good used car for $200, or $500, or even $1000 is not impossible but it requires extra time looking, checking, and driving to find the jewels among the junkers.
Most cars in this price range will be older and have high mileage, and lots of wear and potential problems.
Age and high mileage, however, is not necessarily a reason not to buy. Many cars with high mileage are in great condition and can last many more miles before finally falling apart.
Many problems with older used cars can be fixed relatively easily and inexpensively. Problems with engines and transmissions are the most expensive to repair. If the only problems are things like hoses, belts, wires, brakes, or electrical equipment, these can be fixed or replaced without great expense.
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Can a Dealer Take Back a Car After Papers Are Signed? Is it Legal?
The short answer to the above questions are Yes and Yes.
It’s a fairly common situation.
You buy a car from a dealer who arranges a loan, you sign the papers, possibly make a down payment and/or trade an old vehicle, and you drive away — thinking the deal is done.
You may have received the impression from the dealer that your loan was approved, which is presumably why you were allowed to drive away in your new car.
However, most dealers don’t provide or approve loans (except for buy-here-pay-here used car dealers). They use outside banks or finance companies. One of the papers you signed was a loan application, not a loan approval or grant.
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