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Getting a good used car can take some work. Consumers can save themselves a lot of time, money and hassle by following a few simple steps.

Annette Martin didn’t follow all the steps when she bought a 2005 Hyundai Tucson from CMC Auto in Aurora. She did ask for vehicle history report and the dealer gave her an AutoCheck report that showed two accidents and an odometer that checks out.

“It only had less than 44,000 miles on it and the price was great. We thought this is it,” Martin told CBS4.

When she got the SUV home, she did further research.

“I ran my own Carfax and right at the beginning it showed total loss,” Martin said.

The third vehicle history agency, VINCheck, also shows the car as being “salvage.” Martin then had a third party company inspect the car.

“Within five minutes, he said, ‘Your car has 83,000 miles on it’,” Martin explained.

The inspector found a yellow sticker on the driver’s side door frame that indicates the odometer was replaced or repaired in 2009 at 39,211 miles. That means that the vehicle that Martin thought had 44,000 miles on it, really does have 83,000 miles.

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