How to Buy and Maintain a Used Car; For the Non-mechanical Person

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You will need only a flashlight, a bath towel and a box of Kleenex to buy your next used car!

This book was written for people who are “non-mechanical”. It assumes the reader has no experience diagnosing, repairing or maintaining a car.

A “step-by-step” checklist is included, which will make it simple to decide if a car is worth buying.

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About Brad Crouch

Brad began his auto repair career in Englewood, New Jersey in 1963 at a Mercedes-Benz dealership.

After five years, he moved to Los Angeles, California, the city where he was born and raised, and became employed by the only factory owned Mercedes-Benz dealership on the West Coast, in Hollywood, California.

After eight years as an employee, he went into business for himself, providing a house-call maintenance and repair service that specialized in repairing and maintaining Mercedes-Benz automobiles.

He provided maintenance and repairs for people who were unable or unwilling, to take the time to put up with the ordeal of auto maintenance in the dealerships and independent repair shops . . . on site!

After conducting this business for 18 years, Brad retired from the auto repair industry, and is currently retired and living with his wonderful wife, in Chatsworth, California.

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Ben Antal reviewed on on April 17, 2011

Looking for some tips when car shopping I heard about this book and reading into it I found it simple enough even for me to follow. I bought it and boy did it come handy when I went looking. I’ve been driving the car I got for two months now, a 9 year old Toyota with almost 100K miles on it and it feels like it only has a few K’s. Runs smooth, starts right up and everything works, even the rear window defogger.
I particularly liked the check list I could print out and bring along but what really helped is the questions I would never have thought to ask the seller and how I felt confident and in charge of negotiations.
I am highly recommending this book to those buying used cars and I’d like to thank the author for making my purchase fun and beneficial.
(reviewed 34 days after purchase)
David C. reviewed on on Jan. 9, 2011

Even though I know a little about cars, I wanted some kind of a reference guide when I bought my used car, so I bought the book, and I’m glad I did. It taught me things I didn’t know and reminded me of some things I did know but had forgotten, or never really understood. It’s full of handy tips that are easy to understand and easy to use when buying a car.

Some things I learned from this book:

1) Cars depreciate 40% in the first 36mo. Knowing this I will focus my search on cars that are about 3 years old.

2) Intermittent hard or sharp pulsations from the exhaust are a sign of trouble. This is a simple test.

3) The “check engine” light on the dash board signals a problem in the engine. When this occurs, a mechanic can retrieve a code using an electronic device thus enabling him to determine the exact problem.

4) The brake pedal wear patterns can tell you something about the good or bad driving habits of the seller.

5) How to easily detect broken motor mounts.

6) A car can actually wear out sooner if you let it warm up in the morning rather than driving immediately! Wow, this surprised me.

7) Tire pressure should be measured when the car is cold. If measured after driving you get an artificially elevated tire pressure reading.

8) Tires actually have a shelf life, that is, they can “expire” before they are used for the first time…and how to read the expiration date on the tire. How cool, I never knew this.

This book is a two thumbs up!! I highly recommend. The price is right and it’s packed full of easy to follow tips…even for the man that knows everything about cars…like me:)
(reviewed 14 days after purchase)
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