The first thing that should be done when looking for a quality used car is understanding the type of car that you would like to purchase. This includes being informed of the vehicles reliability, safety, gas milage, handling, and other features. The key point is educating yourself on the characteristics of the vehicle you are looking to purchase-doing your homework. The next step is to determine your target purchase price and discover the used car values for the vehicle of your choice. The next step is to appraise the type of car that you are looking for. In the appraisal should include the features that you want to be seen. Ultimately, the goal is to obtain the True Market Value Pricing Report (TMV) for the vehicle. After doing so, your target price range may change. Next is to determine where to find the car. Checking availability and where the car you would like to purchase is located. Finally, after discovering your vehicle it is important to look at the history of the vehicle you want to buy. This step is one of the most important because you can get a car that appears to be in good shape with good pricing but it's history tells a completely different story.