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2. Test drive three or four cars in your selected category to see what you want/like. Figure out what you can afford, of course. Don't give the salesman your personal info, just take a card and promise to call. If you give personal info they'll claim you as THEIRS should you ever buy there. You want flexibility.

I've never been able to test drive a car without first surrendering my driver's license so they can photocopy it.
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