We will be purchasing a second hand car in about a month to make room for our growing family. I'm so worried about second hand cars as you hear so many horror stories about buying lemons and being ripped off. I have already looked at red book and become familiar with what we should be paying for the car we are looking at but what can we do to make sure we are picking the best car (mechanically etc.) for our money. I would hate to buy a car that seems good at the time and then things just start falling apart or breaking down on it. Do you recommend private or car yard?