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How To Buy A Used Car

How to get through the used-car jungle successfully? The April issue of Consumer Reports has some tips, and David Champion, the magazine's director of automobile testing, accompanied CBS This Morning Field Anchor Jose Diaz-Balart to a car wholesaler in New York to illustrate a few of them.

Used Cars Key Buying Tips:

  • Look at mileage
  • Check for bodywork
  • Check for rust
  • Test drive car
  • Get a mechanical inspection

Used Cars Consumer Reports Good Bets:


  • Subaru Impreza
  • Honda Civic
  • Acura Integra
  • Toyota Corolla

Family Sedans:
  • Honda Accord
  • Toyota Camry
  • Infiniti G20
  • Nissan Maxima

Upscale Sedans:
  • Lexus ES300
  • Infiniti I30
  • Acura TL
  • Mazda Millenia

Reliability Risks:
  • Saab 9000
  • Chevrolet S10 4WD Pick Up
  • Chrysler Sebring/Dodge Avenger
  • Dodge Ram 4WD Pick Up

Results were gathered from responses from a half million Consumer Reports readers. The April Consumer Reports will be available on newsstands Tuesday, March 30.

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