For many people, the ability to drive and own a car or truck is crucial; a vehicle takes us to work, to school and soccer games, gets us to medical appointments, family events, shopping, entertainment and vacations.
Buying a car is a major investment, no matter how much you spend, and you want to make sure that you get what was promised.
Whether you see the "perfect" car for sale on the side of the road, in a used car lot, or on Craigslist or in the Bargain News, learn what you can about the specific vehicle and its service, maintenance and accident history.
If you buy from a licensed used car dealer, you have more protection under state laws applying to deceptive advertising and warranties.
Like all consumer purchases, it pays to take your time, do your homework and research, compare prices and read all contractual language carefully.