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"This car's perfect. Trust me."

Relying on a salesperson to choose the best car for you, instead of doing your own homework, is possibly the worst kind of car-buying rip-off and there's no-one to blame but yourself.

While a good salesperson can help you select from what's available at her dealership, you can't expect her to tell you that a competing product is superior or more suited to you. That's not her job.

It's up to you to honestly assess your needs, read the reviews and test drive a few cars to make your selection. If you've done all that and still end up with a dud, then maybe you can blame a salesperson if it makes you feel better.

Last updated June 23 2011: 6:33 AM ET
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