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USED CAR: FIND CHEAPER WHEELS IN THREE EASY STEPS
1. Check sites like AutoTrader.com and Craigslist.org.
"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 or AutoCheck.com.
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