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HOW TO: Buy a used vehicle

Assembled this for a friend who knew I worked for Avis and asked for tips. As this is something most of us do, I decided to post my findings & add some music and movies about this process.


CAR AND DRIVER



--includes lots of helpful links to other articles


CONSUMER REPORTS RESOURCES








KEY ADVICE: Further down on this same "Marketplace" page:



Selected article:



CARFAX





CARFAX Vehicle History Reports




CARFAX Articles





KELLEY BLUE BOOK



U.S.NEWS & WORLD REPORT


While older, it's a quick guide to the pros & cons of the various places to buy one...



DOES WARRANTY TRANSFER TO NEW OWNER?


Autotrader (May 2023) - Good overview






GET AN AWESOME SOUND SYSTEM (Songs for your ride...)


Regular Readers: Had to mix in some fun with the facts.

WHY I LUV MY JOB? Meeting George Thorogood for the first time!




"'Cause he's a mean motor scooter and a bad go-getter"





CAR LOT CANTICLES


"Well, now Josephine drivin' a hotrod Ford

 She got twin carburators, gonna burn up the road

 Twin exhausts kickin' out the rear

 Some of that'll really take away from here


Ride on Josephine, baby, ride on

 Ride on Josephine, ride on

 Ride on Josephine, child, you got a runnin' machine

 Baby, baby, ride on Josephine, baby, ride on


Well, now Josephine's engine, said it started run hot

 She tried to trade it in down the used car lot

 The man couldn't believe his natural eyes

 When she pulled it up into his drive"



On this CAR LOT, we give every buyer an OTC Warranty...Cars are guaranteed to make it Over The Curb...





"We got pink flamingos in the front yard

Picture window with a view of Walmart

Blue collar heaven...domestic bliss

It just doesn't get better than this

We got pink flamingos, pink flamingos, pink flamingos


Sweet Irma Jean is a den mother now

With a station wagon and an charge account

Bubba Junior pitches for his baseball team

Little sister's running for Rose Bud Queen

And me I'm doing good at the used car lot

Is this a great country or what"




"Hey Charlie I think I'm happy for the first time since my accident

And I wish I had all the money we used to spend on dope

I'd buy me a used car lot and I wouldn't sell any of em

I'd just drive a different car every day dependin on how I feel"




CAR LOT CINEMAS




Comment: The best way to see this movie is at a Drive-In theater, in a junky car, and with your favorite used car salesman. But if you can't do that watch it at home. Wonderfully absurd movie. Just totally insane. And extremely funny.


Next up: Danny DeVito & Rhea Perlman...




USED CAR SALES CAN BE A FUNNY BUSINESS






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