There are many good used cars available that have clocked over 100,000 miles. While these cars must be thoroughly checked by a mechanic (preferably one who is experienced with the specific model) some cars have much more usable life left in them, and the price will be right!
One way to ensure that you get a good deal on your next vehicle is to arm yourself with information. The three guides you see below contain a wealth of information on buying a car including wholesale and retail pricing and ratings on just about any car or light truck you might consider. There is also a section on buying vs. leasing. You can pick up a copy at most bookstores.
If there is any problems with your engine, such as irregular noise or smell, or performance problems, leaks or smoke, or "check engine" light is on, etc., have your car inspected with a mechanic. Itīs always better to fix any small problem right away before they can cause engine damage. Be aware, some mechanics will try to scare you because they always want to sell you more job than your car really needs, so always ask to explain everything, to show you what exactly is wrong and why.