Where to find advice about buying a used car

By Chuck Myers McClatchy-Tribune News Service

Looking for a dependable second car? How about a special gift for a son or daughter headed off to college?

In both cases, a used car might fit the bill.

When looking to purchase a used car, it’s always best to go into the process well prepared, so that you’ll know what to look for and what to avoid. Several websites featuring information about used cars can help a prospective buyer navigate the used car purchase process.

CarBuyingTips.com: Covers a wide range of used-car buying topics, from learning a vehicle’s history to negotiating a price and financing. www.carbuyingtips.com/used.htm.

Consumer Reports: This guide discusses the pros and cons of buying a used car, warranty consideration, depreciation and more. tinyurl.com/ybk5fxh.

Edmunds.com: Features 10 steps to buying a used car. tinyurl.com/c5xm977.

Federal Trade Commission: Provides the ins and outs of purchasing a used car, and what to do should a warranty dispute or other problem arise with a dealer. tinyurl.com/yk9tufk.

National Automobile Dealers Association: Offers used car-purchasing overview, along with inspection, test-drive and price-negotiation techniques. tinyurl.com/7bgnzh2.