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I am 78 years old. My present car is a 95 Olds Ciera. I put in a transmission last summer. It runs pretty well. I am thinking of buying another car. Do you recommend buying a used car or a new car. If I should look for a used car, can I trust a dealer's 'warranty'? I'm a widow since 1974. I bought my car from a used car lot (dealer). My gfarage mechanic told me just this past summer that my car had been a rental car. The agency d(Voss Olds) did not reveal that to me and I didn't know how to find out. Help me, please. The men in my family are not car-knowledgeable either.

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Jenny Trostel, Partner at Anderson of Hunt Valley Buying a used car is still a good idea. Make sure you ask for a Carfax on any used car you buy. Take time to thoroughly read the warranty and make sure it is a reputable warranty company. Ask your friends who they bought their car from and go visit them. Do a little research on the internet regarding the price of the car you are interested in. Take your time and you will get a great deal. Good Luck!

Joy Sherman, Owner  at Ms. Motorcars Hi Wanda, A car that was previously a rental, may not be such a bad thing. Most of them still have a warranty left on them and are in decent shape. Yes, the dealer should have disclosed this to you, but it sounds like it was a good car. I think a pre-owned vehicle with warranty left on it would be a fine choice for you. Perhaps someone in your family knows someone who can join you on your purchase. This I would highly reccommend! Good Luck! Joy Sherman, Ms. Motorcars, www.msmotorcars.com

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