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My name is Steve Young and I am a retired California Highway Patrol Officer. I will also be your instructor in one of the online traffic courses with B Line Traffic Schools. No matter what course you sign up for, my goals are the same: Present you with the information that you need in a way that will not put you to sleep and then get you back to your life.  Throughout some of the courses I have included interesting situations, people and other random things I have come across in my 25+ years with the CHP to break things up a bit. Ok ok, enough about me. Close this window and start your course with B Line Traffic Schools today.

Tips On Purchasing The Best Used Car

18 Apr Blog | Comments

After you complete your online traffic school, or perhaps even while you are in the middle of the course, you may want to purchase a car. If your budget doesn’t include the price of a brand new car, you can rest assured that there are many used cars that will be just as good. It is important that you keep a few things in mind when you are looking for a used car so that you can be sure that you get the very best used car that is out there. In order to find the best used car, follow these few tips:

1. Make a budget and find the best car within your budget. Price is not always an indication of whether the car is a good car or a bad car. Some people will try to sell their junky cars for more because they are cheapskates, and other people will just want to get rid of a car for some reason and will sell a nicer car for less. Don’t let the price of the car sell you on it. Be sure that you have taken every other precaution and followed every other tip before you allow the price to indicate whether or not you will purchase the car. If you find a car that is a little above budget but is perfect in every other way, it may end up working for your benefit, so make sure to consider everything.

2. Test drive the car. While you don’t want the owner of the car to think that you are trying to steal the car, it is important that you give it a nice, long test drive. If you can, have the car out for about a half hour to make sure you can test it in many different areas. Take the car on the freeway or highway to see how it handles higher speeds. Take it up and down a hill to test how it handles an incline and a decline in the road. Drive the car somewhere, stop it, and start it up again! Try an abrupt stop to be sure the brakes work well in case of a possible collision. The owner might think it’s a little much, but you’ll know that you tried everything and are making the best decision for yourself.

3. Listen to and look at the engine. If you learned in traffic school about what a good engine looks and sounds like then you can put it to the test! If you are unsure of what to listen for, you may want to talk to someone that you know who is knowledgeable about cars. If you have a friend or family member who is a car expert, you may want to ask them if they will go used car shopping with you so that they can let you know if the insides of the car are satisfactory. If they are unable to go with you, you could ask for a quick tutorial so that you can be sure you are getting the best used car.


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