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What should you look for when buying a used Toyota Rav4?

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When buying a used Toyota Rav4, look for features matching your needs by sorting listed Toyota Rav4s for sale on a site such as Edmunds.com or CarMax.com. If you have concerns about the quality of a car, consider buying a certified pre-owned car. Research the car’s history and test drive the selected car before purchasing it.

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On Edmunds.com and CarMax.com, you can refine your search for a used Toyota Rav4 by price range, year of manufacture and mileage. Alternatively, check the engine type, type of drive or transmission to find a car that fits your needs. You can also sort listings by the car’s features, such as safety, trim, technology and convenience.

Check the car's history report on a site such as CarFax to determine whether it has an accurate odometer or faults that require costly repairs. Test drive the vehicle to determine the car’s handling and suitability to your needs. To find customer reviews of the car you intend to buy, check websites such as Consumer Reports and JD Power and Associates. Involve a third-party mechanic to inspect the vehicle prior to finalizing a purchase deal.

Certified pre-owned cars tend to have a low mileage and have undergone multipoint inspections. They also have the backing of automakers, a good maintenance record, and often feature free warranties on parts.

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