According to this article from, the forth step to test drive a used car is to take notes.

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  1. 4. Take notes.

    Make a chart that covers the major areas: ride, noise, steering feel, tires, maintenance, interior wear, seat comfort, sound system, brakes, bodywork, and anything else that's important to you. Grade each area from A to F. Make notes for items the grades don't explain: "New radiator hoses but heater hoses need replacement." These notes will give you a complete sense of what the vehicle has to offer, and could also prove useful as you compare it with other choices on the market.