Top 10 tips for first-time car buyers

POSTED: 3:53 PM Jan 23 2012   UPDATED: 5:09 PM Jan 23 2012

If you're shopping for your first car, here are a few tips from Kelley Blue Book on what to buy, how to buy it and where to buy it.

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"Once you've decided what you like -- and have already established what you can afford -- it's time to arrive at a purchase price. This, too, has been made easier by online sites such as this one. KBB.com has its Fair Purchase Price, which gives you an accurate idea of what people have paid in your area for the car you have an interest in. A credit union should also be able to provide you with perspective, and may have a contact on the showroom floor."

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