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What do you look for when searching for a used luxury car

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- It ranks as one of the most stressful things you can do. That task is buying a used car. But this weekend you can do your homework and go luxury at EverBank Field.

Kiana Rodriguez is in the market for a used car. "Just whatever I can afford," she said. She said luxury cars are in the mix. "I haven't made a decision yet on how to go," she explained.

She has an idea of what to look for in a used car, including luxury. "Mileage is probably important to me, and appearance," she said. "So, it's not too broken down. Tires"

Jeff Summers is service director at Lexus of Jacksonville. He offered this advice.

"Can't have sludge under an oil cap. Manufacturer requires a minimum tread depth which is close to 3/4 of the original," Summers said. "Also required is more than 50% of the original break life."

Summers is part of the Brumos Company. It's getting ready to sell some 200 luxury pre-owned vehicles at EverBank Field on Friday and Saturday.

Some of the deals include a 2004 Jaguar X-type for $10,990. They also include a 2006 Lexus IS 250 all-wheel drive for $20,990 and a 2013 Lexus 350 for $49,990.

According to a sales consultant, other sales include a 2003 Mercedes-Benz E320 sedan for $10,959 and a 2010 Mercedes-Benz C300 sedan for $24,959. It is Certified Pre-Owned with 2 payments made by the company. The company's website has more information on sales at this weekend's event.

"If it's a certified car, you're going to know that the CARFAX has been run, the history's been checked," Summers explained. "All the services have been completed. The important thing is to keep the life in the car."

First Coast News also checked with automotive expert Darren Carr, who recommends certified used.

"Run the car. Make sure everything works," he advised. "Air conditioning system, the gauges on the car. The buttons all work, the windows work. Door locks work."

All of it was useful advice from both sources, for Rodriguez. "Yeah, I actually know what to do now," she said, as she smiled.

First Coast News

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