How to Buy a Used Car

Step One: Educate Yourself

It is very important to educate yourself before buying a car. There are many things you need to know if you want to get a car with good quality and price. You can get advice from Edmund's website which covers topics from "Car Buying Tutorial, 10 Steps that Every Car Buyer Should Follow" to "Edmund's Comprehensive Guide to Buying (and Selling!) a Used Car."

Step Two: Locate a Desirable Car

To find a car you want to buy, you can check local newspapers' advertisement section, such as The Ithaca Journal, The Grapevine, The Cornell Daily Sun, The Ithaca Times. Consider searching online sites such as AutoListBeepi or CarSumo. You may also want to check out Cornell MarketPlace.

Step Three: Find Out if the Car is a Lemon

What is a lemon? A lemon (or manufacturer buyback) has repeated major problems, was repurchased by the manufacturer and reported to the state. You can find out if the car you want to buy is a lemon at CarFax website. You need to obtain the 17-character Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) found on dashboards and title documents.

After you buy your car, you need to register it with New York Department of Motor Vehicles at:
301 Third Street, Ithaca, NY 14850
Telephone: (607) 273-7187

At New York Department of Motor Vehicles website you can obtain information on car registration, driver license, and other related information.