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Top 10 tips for first-time car buyers

Published On: Jan 23 2012 03:19:33 PM PST   Updated On: Feb 04 2014 07:30:07 AM PST

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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"When weighing a couple of choices -- let's say Mazda3, Scion XB and Honda Civic -- compare dealer locations and, if all other things are equal, showroom environments. We tend to stay away from dealerships where two-thirds of the sales staff is sitting or standing at the front entrance."

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