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The top 10 High End Sports Car Brands in the world are famous for many reasons. They symbolize in price and pop culture the highest demand for automobiles in the world. Most commonly, this demand is built on a mix of rarity, prestige, and sheer performance. The best sports cars win hearts and open wallets like nothing else in the world, and will always have a special place on our roads. Their mix of speed and style is unmatched in any other vehicle class in existence. What would normally be a liability for a product – that they are not inherently practical – is a key aspect of what makes a great sports car truly special.

luxury sports cars are not designed for a meandering trip through peak hour traffic to the office and doing an IKEA run in one of these vehicles is akin to a crime for purists – you’re never going to fit a darn chest of draws in a proper sports car! No, no – sports cars are designed to perform; certainly not to be queueing at the gas station while you ponder the fuel economy of your car versus that boxy looking smart car.

Sports cars are here to celebrate the very edge of automotive innovation. The speed, the pace, and the pure thrill of driving are at heart why the 10 most expensive sports cars in the world are so highly prized. Let’s looks now at these 10, what each offers that is outstanding, and their costs. Introducing the most expensive sports car models!

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1. Koenigsegg CCXR Trevita – $4.8 million

The Koenigsegg CCXR Trevita is one of the most expensive sports cars on the planet

The CCXR Trevita represents a peak in performance and price in the sports car market. With a 4.7L V8 engine that delivers a top speed of 254 miles per hour, 1018 horsepower, and 797 pound-feet of torque, this car will be desired by anyone who drives it – or sees it driving by. Made of carbon fiber kevlar and aluminum honeycomb, this mid-engined sports car has a flat underside with rear venturi tunnels. With the addition of an optional spoiler on the back, you can boost downforce even more – just in case 254 mph doesn’t seem to have enough oomph for you. That’s what makes this the most expensive car in the world, or most expensive new car, that is!

2. Lamborghini Veneno Roadster – $4.5 million

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The mission behind the manufacturing of the Veneno Roadster was to get a race car on the road.
The Veneno looks like a race car, sounds like a race car, and anyone who drives it knows: it really feels like a race car. It’s a car that probably shouldn’t be legal on our roads, but got away with it.

Going 0 to 60 mph in just 2.9 seconds – if you have the money this ride is a must-buy. The only catch here is that just 9 examples were made, so even if you have the money, good luck finding an example for sale any time in the next decade.

3. Lykan Hypersport – $3.4 million

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The Hypersport is indeed a speedy ride and an expensive one at $3.4 million. Yet it’s also true much of its value is owed to the diamond-covered LED headlights (buyers can choose from other semi-precious stones to place on the headlights if diamonds aren’t desired). Precious jewels are cool, but pure performance is always the best feature of sports cars.

Luckily, W Motors has that part covered, too. All 7 examples produced are powered by a raucous Porsche-sourced twin-turbo flat six good for 750 hp and a 2.8s 0-60 time.

4. Pininfarina Sergio – $3.4 million

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Italy has produced a number of famous manufacturers, but their smaller manufacturers have the power to command a colossal price tag too. Named after Sergio, the son of Pininfarina’s legendary founder Battista, this vehicle is among the most beautiful ever designed. Built on the chassis of the Ferrari 458, the Ferrari Pininfarina Sergio is a tremendous example of how the greatest sports cars can project a futuristic look while retaining a truly classic design. The price of $3.4 million is sizeable, but with just 5 in the world the next sale of this vehicle could go ever higher.

5. Aston Martin Valkyrie – $3.2 million

The Aston Martin Valkyrie is one of the most expensive sports cars on Earth

Britain’s iconic manufacturer Aston Martin is famous for producing the vehicle of choice for the world’s most famous secret agent James Bond. Yet beyond 007, it’s no secret why the Valkyrie is among the world’s most expensive sports cars. Partnering with Austrian Formula One racing team Red Bull Racing, the Valkyrie boasts a 6.5 L Cosworth naturally-aspirated V12 engine.

A 7-speed Ricardo dual-clutch delivers the whopping 1,130 hp to the rear wheels and is good for a 0-60 time of 2.5 seconds. With a minimalist dashboard, the Valkyrie may cost a pretty penny, but once you’re behind the wheel you can enjoy a stripped back pure driving that’d surprise even an MI6 Agent.

6. Bugatti Chiron – $2.8 million

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If you ask the average car fan to name a really expensive and impressive sports car, odds are good the Bugatti Veyron wins a mention. Now, Bugatti has appointed the successor of this renowned hypercar.

With a 0 to 60 time of 2.3 seconds and a top speed that is so ludicrously high it is still entirely theoretical, the Chiron is to be regarded as one of the absolute fastest cars in the world, despite the Koenigsegg Agera RS (un)officially holding the title.

Despite the high price tag, Bugatti is finding no issues moving vehicles and making sales, and the waiting list for a new Chiron is about 3 years long with production at capacity.

7. The McLaren Senna – $2.67 million

The McLaren Senna is definitely among the most expensive sports cars in existence

The McLaren Senna is a wonderful roadster that pays tribute to the spirit of Ayrton Senna and the partnership he had with McLaren. With a 4.0L M840TR twin-turbo V8, 588 kW’s of power is delivered via a 7-speed transmission to generate a max output of 789 hp. Just as Senna soared along the track, the car’s lightweight construction ensures that it glides as it drives. With just 500 produced, scarcity has undoubtedly been a driver of the price.

Nonetheless, it remains a truly fantastic vehicle. For those who did miss out and have the coin to seek out something similar? The McLaren F1 and P1 are fantastic sports cars in their own right.
Either (or both!) would be a fantastic addition to the garage while you wait for a Senna to pop up for sale, though we admit that, as far as McLarens go, the newer 720s might be a more reasonable choice.

8. Ferrari LaFerrari – $ 2.2 Million

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You cannot have a luxury car list without Ferrari. The Ferrari LaFerrari is ‘a sports car so nice they named it twice’.

Limited to a production of 500, the price of $2.2 million has quickly been outpaced on the secondhand market as many buyers are willing to pay far beyond the original price (up to $10 million and over!) to get their hands on one of Ferrari’s most iconic creations. We’re not terribly sure why, though, considering how flat this car falls when compared to some of the other big hypercars of its time. This limited edition production car is good, but it’s nothing compared to the models listed above!

9. Pagani Zonda Cinque Roadster – $1.8 million

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A V12 engine with 678 hp on a carbon fiber body is always going to demand top dollar.

With a dry weight of just 2677 lbs and a six-speed sequential gearbox, this sports car is one every purist will adore. With only five available for sale in the world, this car is highly-sought after but rarely seen ‘in the wild’. Yet for anyone that has been so lucky to get behind the wheel‚ it is understood why this car is a million dollar vehicle.

Not many automakers can bring to market the combination of eccentric luxury, pure performance, and thrilling sounds and driving dynamics that Horatio Pagani has managed to harness. While not necessarily a top dog, the Zonda Cinque Roadster is absolutely not one to miss. If it’s not your thing, how about a Pagani Huayra instead?

10. Hennessey Venom F5 – $1.6 million

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Some cars are about making a statement. The F5 certainly does that, but with more than 1451 hp under the hood, this is a sports car that is happy to let its performance do the talking. An incredibly exciting vehicle made in the USA and set to be released in 2019, the Venom F5 is set for an expensive launch of $1.6 million.

We’re excited to see its further engagement as a contender in the global arms race concerning the fastest hypercar on the market. The Bugatti Chiron and, more notably, the Koenigsegg Agera RS have made themselves known. Now we simply wait to see what John Hennessey really has up his sleeve.

Important Tips for Buying a Luxury Car

Many high-end luxury flagship models still look like big money today, allowing drivers to be ballers on a budget. Whether you’re after an Audi A6, a Lexus GS, a Mercedes S-Class, a BMW 7 Series, or any other top-dog posh-cruiser from the used car marketplace, options are abundant for rolling like a big-dollar shot-caller without the appendage-severing prices.

Whatever the luxury car you’re after, we’ve compiled some hints and tips for you to consider. Keep these in mind as you research and test drive potential used luxury cars, as they can help save you money, time and headaches.


Have the Vehicle Scanned

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The used luxury sedan you’re considering is a high-tech piece of machinery with numerous sensors, controllers, computers, and modules that communicate with and monitor one another to keep things ticking. Whether or not a check engine light or some system warning message is present in the instrument cluster, be sure to have the vehicle you’re considering subjected to a full diagnostic scan, preferably by a dealer technician. Some potentially pricey issues within the electronics and sensor network will cause a warning light to come on, while others won’t. A diagnostic scan is cheap, fast and can reveal a multitude of potentially concealed issues that might have nasty plans for your wallet.

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Have the Vehicle Inspected and Updated

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A Pre-Purchase Inspection (PPI) by the appropriate dealer for the vehicle you’re considering is highly recommended. During the PPI, a trained technician familiar with the ride can inspect it from rims to roofline for signs of countless problems or issues. A PPI is typically about a $100 job and can reveal thousands of dollars’ worth of problems. If any are detected, call them into your pricing negotiations.

For maximum peace of mind and long-term, trouble-free operation, buying a used luxury ride without a PPI is not advised. While you’re at the dealer, talk to the service advisor about software updates — some may be available to pre-emptively fix or address some latent problem or issue. Running a used luxury car with all software updates applied is a great way to avoid headaches and getting frustrated when certain systems fail to work as expected.


Avoid the Air Suspension

Many top-line sedans were offered with some form of air suspension system — and you should probably avoid used models equipped with it. In years of researching used vehicles, I have yet to find an air suspension-equipped ride that doesn’t have a group of owners reporting issues as the system ages, leaks or fails. Air suspension can improve the ride of the vehicle but the repair costs when the system eventually needs work is hardly worth it. Avoid air suspension where possible and if you’re set on a ride with it, consider adding extended warranty coverage that may protect you from repair costs.


Check the Central Command System

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If a former owner has accidentally emptied a chai latte into the center console and nuked the central command system controller, you’ll want to know about it before you agree to buy. Whether it’s iDrive (BMW), COMAND (Mercedes), MMI (AUDI), CUE (Cadillac), RTI (Lexus), or any other branded central command interface available, be sure to run the system through its paces. Connect a smartphone via Bluetooth, make and take calls, play media from various sources, toggle through all menus and commands and be absolutely certain that the display screen and controller, as well as all associated buttons, work consistently every time.

If the vehicle you’re considering has a central control knob, dial or joystick, confirm that it works in every direction and isn’t sticky, otherwise, it may need replacement. Confirm proper operation of all steering wheel-mounted controls, too. If the central command interface is laggy, glitchy, fails to boot consistently or exhibits any other funny business, it may need a hard reset, a software reflash or total system replacement. These come with varying impacts on your bank account, so get to the bottom of any detected issues before purchase.

ALSO SEE: How to Test Drive a Used Car like a Pro


Watch for Modifications

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If the used luxury car you’re considering has been modified extensively by an aspiring rapper or race car driver using cheap parts, your best bet is to skip it. Many used luxury sedans have been modified in one form or another by previous owners. Common upgrades include computer chips or tunes, particularly on turbocharged or supercharged models designed to turn up engine power. Owners also tend to purchase suspension modifications that lower the vehicle or slap on oversized wheels.


Be Careful

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Modified engine management software can make the car more powerful but could also ruin its engine and void any remaining warranty coverage. Suspension modifications can cause wear, handling related issues and durability problems, especially if the quality of the parts or their installation is poor. Oversized wheels may be more susceptible to damage and can cause issues with handling or fitment, depending on their size and quality. The gist? The average shopper should stick to a model that’s as close to stock as possible for maximum peace of mind.


Mind the Battery and Electronics

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Modern electronics can get ultra fussy in the presence of a weak battery, and even more so in cars with loads of high-tech features, like a luxury sedan. If the model you’re after exhibits any random funny business with electronic systems, including symptoms like sporadic warning messages, flickering lights, or random non-functionality of various features, a weak battery may be to blame. For maximum peace of mind, consider investing in a trickle charger and hooking it up to your ride’s battery, when you won’t be driving it for a few days or longer. A cheap unit can be had for about $30 and will keep the battery topped up automatically, helping prevent potentially frustrating issues.


Try Everything

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When you arrive at your test drive, don’t be too anxious to get onto the road. Shoppers are advised to spend some time, perhaps 15 minutes or more, trying each and every single high-tech luxury feature fitted to the vehicle in question. Is the top-line stereo working properly? Does the power trunk closer work without issue? Do the ventilated seats work? How about the rear-seat entertainment system? The head up display? The keyless entry? Work your way through the car, trying all of the features, and confirming proper operation, before you drive. If something is borked, now’s the time to find out.


Consider the Additional Costs

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You may be able to afford the luxury car you’re after, but can you afford to keep it rolling? Be sure to consider all additional costs: high-end cars typically cost more to insure, often require being fed pricier premium gasoline, and will be more maintenance-intensive than that Corolla you’re trading in, with fluid changes, tune-ups and other recurring work requiring more money to leave your wallet. Note, too, that many replacement costs for items like brakes, tires, suspension components and lighting provisions will be more expensive, as well. Typically, you buy a high-end luxury car for the motoring experience, not the low cost of ownership. If your budget can’t handle it, a fully loaded version of a more mainstream ride may be a better idea.

Best sites for buying directly online

Want to do all your car shopping in your jammies? Some sites make it possible to buy a car online and have it delivered to your door. Each site has different warranties and terms, so be sure to understand a company’s policies before you buy from it.

EBay Motors

Want to buy a car from a private seller? Bidding on a vehicle through eBay Motors could help you snag the car you want. The site offers a nationwide selection of vehicles and free vehicle purchase protection for eligible car purchases completed on the platform.

That means if your car qualifies, your costs will be reimbursed if you never receive the vehicle you bought or if there are issues with the title that were undisclosed. It also protects against eligible damage on the transmission, engine or body of the vehicle.

But these protections won’t account for everything that could go wrong with your purchase. Outside of covered components, you’ll have to deal with the consequences.

Pros

  • You can buy from private sellers nationwide
  • You get certain protections for covered situations
  • You can apply for financing through RoadLoans.com
  • You have access to new and used vehicles
  • Winning a bid is not a contract to buy

Cons

  • No returns
  • No protection against certain undisclosed problems
  • No guarantee that you’ll win the auction

Carvana

Carvana is a car-buying site that lets you pick the car you want from its selection of used vehicles. You can also apply for prequalification for a car loan through the site and have the vehicle delivered, depending on where you live. In certain markets, you can pick up your purchase from a futuristic-looking car vending machine.

Pros

  • You can apply for auto loan prequalification on the site
  • All vehicles include a 150-point inspection
  • Seven-day return window
  • Limited warranty of 100 days or 4,189 miles, whichever comes first
  • Trade-ins may be accepted

Cons

  • No flexibility on pricing
  • May have to pay a shipping fee
  • Delivery not available in all markets
  • Co-signers not accepted through Carvana financing (though outside financing is allowed)

Vroom

Vroom is a competitor to Carvana that will deliver a used vehicle directly to your home. You can browse cars online and apply for financing on the site.

Pros

  • Vehicles can be delivered to you
  • Free vehicle history report on all vehicles
  • You can apply for financing online
  • Trade-ins may be accepted (including pick-up)
  • 90-day limited warranty
  • Seven-day or 250-mile return window

Cons

  • $499 shipping fee
  • Delivery typically takes seven to 10 days after purchase

CarMax

CarMax touts the extensive inspections its cars undergo. Like its competitors, CarMax offers a number of purchase protections, including a seven-day return window, a limited warranty on all cars and the option to purchase a comprehensive service plan.

Pros

  • Car can be delivered to you for test driving (fees may apply)
  • Apply for financing through the site
  • Free vehicle history reports
  • Seven-day return window
  • 90-day or 4,000-mile, whichever comes first, limited warranty
  • Stores across the country if you prefer an in-person experience

Cons

  • No price negotiations
  • No pricing guidance to determine whether a price is a good deal
  • May have to pay a shipping fee to see a car

Shift

Shift promises that it extensively inspects all the vehicles it sells. If you live in the company’s service area, you can test drive the car before you decide whether to buy. Shift sets vehicle prices using an algorithm, so pricing isn’t up for negotiation. But Shift’s warranty policy isn’t as generous as some of its competitors’ policies.

Pros

  • No haggling over price
  • Trade-ins accepted
  • You can apply for financing through the site
  • Five-day or 200-mile return policy

Cons

  • Limited service areas: Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Diego
  • Prices are firm

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Best sites for researching before you buy

Whether you want to buy used or new, research is an important first step in the purchase process. These sites can help you learn more about the vehicles you’re thinking about buying and allow you to compare prices.

Consumer Reports

Looking for independent reviews of new and used cars? Consumer Reports is a nonprofit organization that reviews products across many categories, including autos. The site provides tips and tools to help you with every step in the car-selling and buying process.

New-car buyers may want to use Consumer Reports’ car-buying service, which allows members to see what local buyers paid for similar new cars.

Pros

  • Nonprofit organization
  • Used-car marketplace provided by Cars.com
  • Offers a car-buying service through TrueCar
  • Has a car repair estimator tool

Cons

  • Must pay to be a member to see full reviews

Edmunds

Edmunds is one of the premier sites that offers expert reviews and pricing insights to help when you’re car shopping. Its car comparison tool ranks vehicles using measures like consumer ratings, fuel economy and ownership costs.

But Edmunds isn’t just for research. The site also serves as a vehicle marketplace where you can find new, used and certified pre-owned vehicles in your area. Edmunds ranks vehicles on the site using a deal-rating score to help you judge if the price is fair.

Pros

  • Reviews from experts
  • Cars purchased through Edmunds may qualify for a 30-day or 1,000-mile warranty
  • 12-month roadside assistance with select vehicles

Cons

  • You can’t buy directly through the site
  • No private-party listings

Autotrader

Autotrader, another research-oriented site, has a used-vehicle search engine that allows you to find a car that suits your budget. You can filter for the type of vehicle you want and the distance you’re willing to travel to pick up the car. Both dealers and private parties can advertise on the site.

Pros

  • New, used and certified pre-owned vehicles
  • Option for cash offer or trade-in on eligible cars
  • Compare both dealer and private party cars

Cons

  • Not all cars have free history reports
  • You can’t buy directly through the site
  • Doesn’t guarantee transactions facilitated through the site

Kelley Blue Book

Looking to sell or trade in your current vehicle before buying? Kelley Blue Book, which is owned by Autotrader, has been giving people visibility into car prices since 1926. You can use Kelley Blue Book values to understand what may be a fair price for your existing car. Then you can use Kelley Blue Book’s pricing estimates for new and used vehicles to negotiate a price for your next car.

Pros

  • Vehicle marketplace where you can find new, used and certified pre-owned vehicles
  • Option for cash off or trade-in credit on eligible cars

Cons

  • Not all cars have free history reports

Best peer-to-peer car-buying sites

These days, it’s rare to spot a “For Sale” sign on a car in somebody’s front yard. But that doesn’t mean you can’t find a reasonable used car in your neighborhood. It’s just that the “front yard” has moved online. These sites allow you to find used cars for sale from regular people in your neck of the woods.

Just remember, many sellers on these sites are individuals. That means you need to consider your safety when taking a vehicle for a test drive. Consumers for Auto Reliability and Safety offers tips on staying safe and avoiding scams if you’re buying a used vehicle.

Craigslist

Despite its old-school user interface, the site is still a go-to option for private party vehicle sales.

Pros

  • Find private sellers near you
  • Browse offers to find a vehicle that suits your budget
  • Refine your search by features like price, make, model year and miles on the odometer

Cons

  • Seller not vetted by a third party
  • Must arrange financing on your own or pay cash
  • No third-party guarantee for the purchase

Facebook Marketplace

Looking to buy a used car from someone you don’t know? Along with dealerships, individuals can also list cars on Facebook Marketplace.

Pros

  • Can view a person’s profile before agreeing to meet if you’re a Facebook member
  • Browse offers to find a vehicle that suits your budget

Cons

  • Seller not vetted by a third party
  • In private party deals, you must arrange financing on your own or pay cash
  • No third-party guarantee for the purchase

CarGurus

CarGurus bills itself as the largest car-shopping website in the U.S. The site had the best search interface of any website we tested. It ranks vehicles by a proprietary deal score, and it automatically lists its picks for the best deals first. When browsing, you can limit your search radius to as close as 10 miles to your nearest location or expand it nationwide.

Pros

  • CarGurus offers support for the paperwork, including title transfer
  • Instant Market Value pricing metric: CarGurus uses comparable sales to estimate a fair value for a vehicle you want to buy or sell
  • Able to apply for loan prequalification for select private party sales through CarGuru’s financing partner, AutoPay
  • A 30-day or 1,000 mile warranty available for select private party sales

Cons

  • Not all vehicles come with a limited warranty
  • Must communicate with sellers on your own

AutoTempest

Wading through dozens of peer-to-peer sales websites can get tedious, but AutoTempest makes it easier to spot a deal. AutoTempest aggregates search results from other sites like Craigslist, eBay, CarSoup.com, Autotrader and more. When it’s time to buy, AutoTempest provides quotes for shipping a vehicle across the country or for insuring it.

Pros

  • List your car for sale or get instant offers from AutoTempest partner site, Cars.com
  • New and used vehicles available
  • Read car reviews before purchasing

Cons

  • No pricing analysis

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Best sites for comparing dealerships

Looking to start your car search online but finish it at a dealership? These sites help you compare the inventory and pricing of dealerships near you.

Cars.com

For more than two decades Cars.com has been matching sellers and buyers to new, used and certified pre-owned cars through its website. The site is more of a matchmaking service, with the sale of vehicles taking place offline.

Pros

  • New, used and certified pre-owned cars
  • Get offers to sell your current car
  • Site includes a “deal ranking” that indicates whether pricing is great, good or fair

Cons

  • Not every vehicle has a free vehicle history report
  • Doesn’t guarantee vehicles
  • You must arrange financing and title transfer on your own
  • You can’t buy through the site. Instead, you must communicate with the seller.

CarsDirect

Want to see how dealership pricing and inventory stack up in your area? CarsDirect makes it easy to search for both new and used cars. When you a find a car that piques your interest, you can communicate directly with the dealer. You can also apply for financing directly through the site.

Pros

  • Apply for financing through the site
  • Get pricing information for new vehicles
  • Narrow search by price first

Cons

  • Must communicate directly with dealers. Sale completed offline.
  • No deal guidance on used-car prices
  • Not all vehicles have free vehicle history reports

Tips for online car shopping

The average car loan for a new car was more than $34,303 in the second quarter of 2020, according to Experian. You’ll want to do your research and set your budget before you start salivating over the latest luxury vehicle.

Edmunds recommends that most people spend no more than 15% of their monthly take-home pay on an auto loan. That means if your take-home pay is $4,000 per month, your auto payment should be no more than $600 per month.

Once you’ve set your budget, you can start researching the perfect ride. Keep these tips in mind.

  • Compare lender financing instead of relying on the dealer to arrange a loan.
  • Read reviews from experts and people who actually drive the car.
  • Request a copy of a vehicle history report like CarFax.
  • When buying used, get an independent inspection from a mechanic.
  • Be prepared to negotiate the price (although some sites won’t budge).

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