You’ve done your research for the right used car, and you’ve narrowed the list down to two. The moment of truth is at hand. You could pick the right one... or the wrong one. We’ve all been there when buying big-ticket items, and if we’re honest with ourselves, sometimes we have made the wrong choice. Even though the vehicles are closely matched — and at this stage of your buying process, they probably will be — it is likely that one is a significantly better choice than the other.
So don’t use a coin flip to decide the one you choose. Instead, go through a process as I did recently when we settled on a used crossover SUV for my daughter. In our case, we chose the brand, model, and even the trim level. Then it was a matter of choosing the better of two very similar examples. In the end, using the techniques described here, we landed on what we think is the perfect vehicle for her.