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Automobiles are complicated machines, and most people are not mechanics. Buying used can save money, but it can also be risky. Check out our tips on what to look for when buying used and articles on how the different parts of the car work. The more you know, the better prepared you'll be when it is time to make your purchase decision.

Tips for Buying a Used Vehicle

Avoid These Five Common Mistakes When Buying A Used Vehicle

Buying used can be a great way to save money when purchasing your next vehicle. However, opting for a used car before you’ve taken some critical pre-purchase steps can actually cost you more money in the long run.

Warning Signs

Flood & Environmentally Damaged Vehicles

Water damage to a vehicle may occur as a result of flooding, intense storms, or from continuous exposure to water, salt, humidity, or corrosive chemicals.


Your Vehicle's Hydraulic Brake System

Whether you are approaching a red light, a deer jumps out in front of you, or you are driving in stop and go rush hour traffic, you depend on your brakes to safely slow you down or bring you to a quick stop.

Electrical Systems

Your Vehicle's Charging System

Your vehicle’s charging system has two essential functions. It generates pressure, also known as voltage, and electrical power to run the vehicle’s electrical systems while the engine is running.

Exhaust System & Components

Exhaust System, Muffler, & Converter

A vehicle’s exhaust system is designed to direct harmful gases away from the driver and passengers, reduce the emissions the vehicle releases into the environment,


Your Engine's Air Filter

Your air filter is one of the most important parts of your engine. For each gallon of fuel burned, up to 10,000 gallons of air is required for your engine to function properly.

Frame, Steering & Suspension

The Power Steering System & Steering Gear

There are several components in your vehicle’s power steering system that make it easier to turn and steer the vehicle accurately.

Heating & Cooling Systems

The Importance of Heating & Air Conditioning Systems

The heating system in your vehicle is designed to keep you warm, comfortable, and safe when the temperature outside is cold.

Mounts & Belts

Engine & Transmission Mounts

The engine in your vehicle is attached to the frame of the vehicle. When the engine operates, it causes vibrations.

Oils & Fluids

Fluid Leaks

It has happened to most vehicle owners. You notice a mysterious puddle under your vehicle and quickly go into panic mode not knowing what the fluid is or how serious the leak may be.

Safety Systems & Components

Safety Systems - Horn, Airbags, & Seat Belts

Safety is a primary concern when designing and building automobiles. Driving remains the single most dangerous activity we perform on a daily basis.

Wheels & Tires

All-Wheel Drive – Is This Option Best for You?

The past few years have seen an explosion in the number of vehicles offered with all-wheel drive.

Tips for Buying a Used Vehicle

The Importance of a Pre-Purchase Car Inspection

Would you purchase a house without having it inspected? No! What if the owner told you he checked it out and everything was great? Still no!

Warning Signs

Vehicle Dashboard Lights (Warning & Informational)

Every time you start your vehicle or turn your ignition key to the on position there are illuminated symbols on the dashboard that perform a self-test to let you know the bulbs are working.


Your Vehicle's Parking Brake

The parking brake in your vehicle is often referred to as the hand brake, e-brake, or emergency brake.

Electrical Systems

Your Vehicle's Ignition System

The basic principles of the electric spark ignition system have not changed in nearly a century, but the method by which the spark is created and distributed has greatly improved with advances in technology.

Exhaust System & Components

Emissions System - Why Does Your Vehicle Have One

Sometimes you see it; sometimes you smell it. Sometimes you see and smell it. Sometimes you don’t even notice it at all.


Your Vehicle's Cabin Air Filter

Many vehicle manufacturers suggest your vehicle’s cabin air filter be replaced every 12,000 to 15,000 miles, or annually.

Frame, Steering & Suspension

Your Vehicle's Suspension System

When most people think of automotive performance, they think of power, the need for speed, the roaring sound of the engine, and how fast the vehicle will go from zero to 60 miles per hour.

Heating & Cooling Systems

Your Vehicle's Water Pump

The water pump, also known as the coolant pump, is the heart of the engine’s cooling system.

Mounts & Belts

The Importance of the Serpentine Belt

The term serpentine belt may conjure up images of a snake like object. That representation is actually pretty accurate.

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