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Pre-Owned Prestige

Shopping Around

Let your mouse do your car hunting by visiting the many Web sites devoted to used cars. Especially fertile shopping sites are:

  • AutoTrader (http://www.autotrader.com). With more than 1 million vehicles in its listings, this is the biggest used car lot around. You can search by make, model and ZIP code, and there are handy buttons to click for quotes on financing and even extended warranties.
  • Autobytel (http://www.autobytel.com). This Web site offers a leaner inventory, but its certified used cars come with a few big differences. Car prices are no-hassle. Every vehicle comes with at least a 3,000-mile/three-month warranty. All cars have gone through a 135-point inspection; plus if you change your mind within 72 hours, there's a no-questions-asked return policy.
  • Cars.com (http://www.cars.com). This used car database is linked up with dozens of newspapers, making it the Web's version of automobile classifieds.
  • Ford PreOwned (http://www.fordpreowned.com). The giant auto maker's site for moving late-model used cars at hassle-free prices is one of the best around. A recent look found a gorgeous '99 Contour SE with less than 10,000 miles, under a fair warranty, selling for $13,450.

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This article was originally published in the February 2000 print edition of Entrepreneur with the headline: Pre-Owned Prestige.

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