Buying a new-to-you car can be stressful, but remembering these 10 red flags may make it an easier process.

I'm in the unfortunate position, right now, of having to buy another vehicle. While on vacation in New Jersey, I got the call no one wants. My mechanic let me know that the SUV he was supposed to be fixing while I was away the end of its life. It's a good vehicle, but has significant rust underneath the front end, so it's just not worth putting in the amount of money it would take to repair it.

So now, I'm making the rounds of all the used car lots in the area, checking out Facebook marketplace, and trying my very best to make the right decision. I want a 4-wheel-drive (or maybe an AWD) SUV, so I can make it into work on those cold and stormy winter mornings. Years ago, my Dad gave me some tips on things to watch out for, when buying a used car. I've listed some of his suggestions, and added a few of my own. I hope they make your car buying process a little easier.

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