Buying a Used Car As a Fixer-Upper

Fixer-upper cars are usually purchased as-is, off the street, with little or no expectation or knowledge of the vehicle’s true breadth of problems. These cars can be a great bargain to the home mechanic or a huge headache. Purchasing a vehicle with the intent of fixing it to become roadworthy and (mostly) reliable is a great way to save money in both the short term and, sometimes, over the long run. It can also become a costly mistake.

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