Buying a used car can be a great money-saver--or a fast plunge into a money pit. Find good, precautionary reading here:
- Consumer Reports Used Cars Buying Guide ($9.99, http://www.amazon.com). Issued annually, this paperback may be the smart car buyer's bible. Filled with tips, the book also profiles 200 used cars and offers suggestions on models to avoid and ones to snag.
- The Used Car Book 1999-2000 (HarperCollins, $13.95, 800-242-7737). The subtitle of Jack Gillis' book says it all: "The definitive guide to buying a safe, reliable and economical used car." Advice is offered on more than 150 types of vehicles, along with the author's "Best Bets."