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Books about Buying Used Cars

Before bidding on or purchasing a used car at an auction, it is very important to research the make and model of the vehicle, and to inspect it properly . That way, you will be able to make a proper, education, and informed evaluation of the merits and likely problems with the vehicle, and whether the car is worth the money.

Conversely, if you attend an auction, the last thing you want to do is get carried away by excitement on the "heat of the moment", and starting bidding on vehicles which you have neither researched or inspected. If you do that, there's a very good chance that you will get stuck with a poor quality car, or even a lemon, that is not worth anything like the price that you paid for it.

Further down this page are some books (available from about buying used cars that you might find useful:

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Buying Used Cars: 2017 Edition
By Stanley M. Clarke

Independently published
Paperback (77 pages)

Buying Used Cars: 2017 Edition
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“Would you like to safeguard yourself against pitfalls and discover how to purchase your ideal vehicle at the right price?”                         by Stanley M. Clarke

Like everyone else, when we think of buying used cars we despair at the thoughts of the used car gauntlet that lies ahead. The old proverb stands true. "Fail to prepare..." you know the rest! 

There is a raft of poorly researched books out there that fail to convey their meaning and just confuse the reader even further. You are left wondering what was the point. No great secrets are revealed, instead only common knowledge is provided and in between that is simply pages of non sensical filler.

For Most Of Us Purchasing A Vehicle Is The Second Largest Investment After The Family Home

As reported by the vehicle history service provider CarFax, some 800,000 vehicles within the USA, as well as at the very least 500 taxis, have been “title washed” to hide their plagued histories. 

It’s Too Important That You As The Buyer, Know What You Are Doing And What To Look Out For

In this book you will learn:


Buying Used Cars is a quality book with real life genuine knowledge that will help you by demistifying many aspects of the buying process. Here are some of the benefits to you the reader:

  • EXPERIENCE: author speaks from a place of 30 years industry knowledge 
  • UP TO DATE: complete list of the 2017 best selling used cars
  • SPECIFIC: the content is U.S focused unlike other books that "spray and pray" 
  • MULTI SALES CHANNELS: dealership, private sale and auction processes 
  • TOP TIPS: learn the art of negotiation, how to properly test drive a car, getting a better price, your consumer rights, insurance and much more
  • HUGE VARIETY: multi vehicle segment best used cars revealed
  • INTUITIVE: logically organized and presented for ease of reference going beyond common knowledge
  • CLARIFICATION: each concept is expanded in-depth giving details and explanations that provide real value 
  • CLEANLY FORMATTED: considered and structured formatting that makes content look great on any device

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Kelley Blue Book Consumer Guide Used Car Edition: Consumer Edition Oct - Dec 2017 (Kelley Blue Book Used Car Guide Consumer Edition)
By Kelley Blue Book

Kelley Blue Book Co, Inc.
Paperback (550 pages)

Kelley Blue Book Consumer Guide Used Car Edition: Consumer Edition Oct - Dec 2017 (Kelley Blue Book Used Car Guide Consumer Edition)
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Now published quarterly, the Consumer Edition of the Kelley Blue Book Used Car Guide includes current trade-in values, private party values, and suggested retail values on more than 10,000 models of used cars, trucks, and vans. Covering 15 model years, the book includes VINs, original list prices, easy-to-use equipment schedules with values for optional equipment, and a table of acceptable mileage ranges by year.
Lemon-Aid New and Used Cars and Trucks 2007–2017
By Phil Edmonston

Phil Edmonston George Iny
Released: 2017-02-28
Paperback (656 pages)

Lemon-Aid New and Used Cars and Trucks 2007–2017
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  • Lemon Aid New and Used Cars and Trucks 2007 2017
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“Dr. Phil,” Canada’s best-known automotive expert, invites another driver to come aboard.

After forty-six years and almost two million copies sold, Phil Edmonston is joined by a co-pilot for the Lemon-Aid Guide ― George Iny, along with the editors of the Automobile Protection Association.

The 2017 Lemon-Aid has everything: an encyclopedic lineup of the best and worst cars, trucks, and SUVs sold since 2007; secret warranties and tips on the “art of complaining” to help you get your money back; and new-car buying tips that will save you tons of money by revealing the inflated cost of fancy and frivolous add-ons. Lemon-Aid is an essential guide for careful buyers and long-time gear-heads who don't know as much as they think.
HOW TO BUY A USED CAR: A Complete Guide from Start to Finish On How To Buy A Used Car; FROM THE PERSPECTIVE OF AN EXPERIENCED LICENSED CAR DEALER Buying Checklist Included

Independently published
Paperback (40 pages)

HOW  TO BUY A USED CAR: A Complete Guide from Start to Finish On How To Buy A Used Car; FROM THE PERSPECTIVE OF AN EXPERIENCED LICENSED CAR DEALER  Buying Checklist Included
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DO NOT BUY A USED VEHICLE UNTIL YOU HAVE READ THIS BOOK!!!!!! INTRODUCTION, OVERVIEW, AND WHAT YOU WILL LEARN IN THIS BOOK: BE A WINNER IN THE CAR BUYING PROCESS AND SAVE THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS$$$; AND/OR GET A QUALITY VEHICLE FOR LESS. IN THIS BOOK ARE SOME SIMPLE AND QUICK “MUST KNOW CONCEPTS” FOR A CAR BUYER TO UNDERSTAND TO BE ABLE TO PURCHASE A VEHICLE FROM A DEALER AND/OR PRIVATE PARTY SELLER AND GET THE BEST PRICE; AND/OR THE BEST INTEREST RATES; AND/OR THE BEST TERMS; AND/OR TO INSURE A QUALITY VEHICLE THAT WILL SERVE YOU WELL. This very short book will give you the ABSOLUTE confidence, from the beginning to the end of the car buying process, of how to go out and purchase a vehicle and save thousands of dollars and receive a quality vehicle that will serve you well. This book is ABSOLUTELY the way to minimize the price you pay for a vehicle; and an ABSOLUTE way to minimize the interest rate; and an ABSOLUTE way to get closer to the terms you want; and an ABSOLUTE way to insure a quality vehicle in any car buying deal. If you do not know these concepts and car buying tips, you will CERTAINLY pay more for the price of the vehicle; and/or the interest rate on the vehicle will be higher; and/or the other terms will CERTAINLY work against you; and you could possibly buy a lemon. FURTHER, this book is short and straight to the point. This book is also very simple to follow and all the concepts are disclosed in a way that is manageable so you can master them easily and quickly and commit them to your memory or strategy and go into the car buying process with extreme CONFIDENCE and get a great deal. By now we all are aware that Dealers, Dealerships, Sales People, and Sellers of vehicle’s make more when they sale the vehicle at a higher price. There is no secret that the seller’s whole motivation is to sell you the vehicle at the highest price possible, and/or at the highest interest rates possible, and/or on the seller’s terms. It is a very common practice in dealerships that the higher the sales person sales the vehicle for, the higher the sales person’s commission. The higher the interest rate, the higher the sales person’s commission. The more the sales person can convince you to sign the contract closer to his terms, the higher the sales person’s commission. Therefore, it should not be a surprise to you that you need to gain the most knowledge you can to offset the sales person’s strategies and tactics and save yourself some money. Money that you can use for other things. This is just common sense. The concepts, and the explanations of these concepts, will CERTAINLY put you at a better advantage and keep the Sales Person from eating you alive. These concepts are a "MUST KNOW." This book entails a very concise and short but thorough straight to the point step-by-step guide on how to successfully get a good deal on a vehicle. Directly below are 12 SIMPLE and QUICK "MUST KNOW" concepts to understand to be able to get the best PRICE deal; and/or the best interest rates; and/or the best terms; and/or to insure you receive a quality used vehicle. Please read the concepts below. Then, continue reading and the following pages will explain and expound on each concept and what each means in detail; so you understand each. 1. TRUSTING THE SELLER IS A BIG KEY. IF AT ALL POSSIBLE, MAKE SURE THE SELLER IS SOMEONE YOU CAN TRUST. IF THE SELLER IS SOMEONE YOU DO NOT TRUST, IT MAY BE IN YOUR BEST INTEREST NOT TO BUY THE USED VEHICLE. IN SOME CIRCUMSTANCES THIS IS KEY. 2. MAKE SURE THE VEHICLE IS WHAT YOU NEED AND/OR WANT IN YOUR OWN MIND BEFORE STARTING THE NEGOTIATING PROCESS. 3. MAKE SURE THE CAR IS SOLID AND IN GOOD MECHANICAL CONDITION BEFORE YOU START THE NEGOTIATING PROCESS. 4. HAVE OTHER VEHICLES THAT YOU ARE ALSO COMPARING, OR AT LEAST ACT AS THOUGH YOU HAVE OTHER VEHICLES THAT YOU ARE COMPARING. 5. DO NOT EXPOSE HOW MUCH MONEY OR FINANCING YOU HAVE TOO SOON (THIS DEPENDS ON THE......
Everyone's Guide to Buying a Used Car and Car Maintenance
By Scott Kilmer

On the Road Pr
Paperback (133 pages)

Everyone s Guide to Buying a Used Car and Car Maintenance
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How To Buy a Used Car from a Dealer: 11 Steps to Avoid Buying a Lemon and Negotiating the Best Deal
By Wade Tyler

Black Wave Publishing
Paperback (83 pages)

How To Buy a Used Car from a Dealer: 11 Steps to Avoid Buying a Lemon and Negotiating the Best Deal
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Less than the price of a movie ticket could save you thousands. And if it's a high end car, even more than that. Reality. Not an empty claim, and you'll understand after reading this guide. The only way to ever get a great deal on a car is to have family who’s in the business. Well, meet your new favorite brother-in-law. From first time buyer to someone who is tired of not knowing all the ins and outs every time they buy a car, this one guide covers it all. You’ll learn these powerful tips: The #1 negotiation tactic to get the best deal [and why they can't fight you with this technique] How to avoid buying a lemon [you know, the car that has a $5K mechanical meltdown 3 days after it goes out of warranty] The difference between different reports and why it matters [learn which reports they are NOT showing you] The biggest mistake people make with 3rd party inspections and get screwed [from BMW's to Chevy's, this is one problem you don't want] The first thing you should ask for with certified cars [and why no one knows to ask except an insider] The 3 ways that make it impossible for the dealer to bury a bad report from you [you'll know where all the bodies are buried] How to guarantee you have recourse if anything goes wrong [the simple way to protect yourself that they don't tell you about and why] This “insider’s secrets” guide gives you a road map to being happy ever after with your new “used” car. You'll find this manual loaded with great tips and insider information. Read every word of this guide before you even start your used car search. It’s a short read and puts you on the inside track from one of the only straight shooters in the used car business. You can be the “live one” that dealers pray for every day, or you can be the savvy buyer that gets a great deal every time. Do yourself a favor and get this short simple guide right now. You can read it in an hour and be car smart for life. Note: Suggested for both the United States and Canada. Laws may be different elsewhere
Released: 2015-02-20
Kindle Edition (14 pages)

Product Description:
This is a guide on used car buying. It includes how to per for a super vehicle inspection, with areas to focus on highlighted, tricks used by sale people to stall your vehicle inspection. What a vehicle's milage means,and the hidden trick manufactures and car dealers don't want you to know. Conducting a super and thorough test- drive,things to look for. This guide turns you into a super car buyer,and you all be assured that you look like a pro when you hit that used car dealership. The book can be applied all over the world,and applies to vehicles of all makes, And it is a universal guide.
The Secrets of Car Flipping: A Step by Step Guide For Buying and Selling Used Cars
By Cleveland Williams

Brand: Outskirts Press
Paperback (82 pages)

The Secrets of Car Flipping: A Step by Step Guide For Buying and Selling Used Cars
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The Secrets of Car Flipping is a very detailed and informative look into the world of buying and selling used cars. Car sales is a multi-billion dollar a year business. Buying and selling used cars is not only big business, but also a necessity for millions of people who need transportation. Buying a used car is generally less expensive than buying a new car. Most people buy used cars with the hopes of finding a nice, dependable car at a great price. But many people find out that buying a used car can put them in a situation they regret. Usually that is because they went to buy the car without the right knowledge or guide to help them through the process. There are a lot of do's, don'ts, and things you need to look for when you are buying a used car. You also need to make sure you are getting the best deal possible. With The Secrets of Car Flipping you are given all the information and tools you need to buy and sell cars like a professional buyer. This information is for anyone: the first time car buyer, the family looking for an extra car, or the car flipper trying to find a deal on a good car. This book will make you a more confident and informed buyer.
Used Car Buyer's Guide (Haynes Repair Manuals)
By Haynes

Paperback (158 pages)

Used Car Buyer s Guide (Haynes Repair Manuals)
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  • Haynes Publications 10440 TECHBOOKS - (1 Each)
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Written for the do-it-yourselfer, good enough for the pro! Find hidden rust, spot crash damage, detect body filler, size up a car with a 10-minute walk-around, find mechanical problems, road-test the vehicle, plus checklists to insure you get what you pay for.

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