When you're shopping for a new car, you're trying to balance quality, price, and a few other factors. But with all of the places that you can buy your car, how do you make accurate estimates of how much a vehicle is worth and how much you should actually pay for it. With the emergence of many online tools, it's actually easier than it was even 10 or 15 years ago.

One way to find out the value of the car is to go onto a vehicle history report site. You'll find out if a car has had water damage or been in a major accident, which will both likely lower the reliability and the value of the car.

You should also use online pricing guides to determine how much a vehicle is worth. Kelley Blue Book is one example of a reputable vehicle pricing guide. Edmunds and NADA are two other useful guides.

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