1. Check sites like AutoTrader.com
"Used-car dealers are trying to make a profit," says Philip Reed, senior consumer advice editor at Edmunds.com
. "Private parties just want to turn their car into cash."
2. If you do go to a dealer, look for less-popular (and cheaper) hues like green, red, or yellow.
3. Get the car's vehicle identification number (VIN) and run a vehicle history report at CARFAX.com