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Best Used Cars to Buy Right Now

July 1, 2010

Used Cars Why buy a new car when it depreciates the second you drive it off the lot?

Why indeed. So here's a list of the best used cars on the market, from our friends at Edmunds.com.

These vehicles were chosen based on reliability, safety, value and availability, and they include all cars and trucks from model years 2003 to 2008.

If you're looking to buy a used car, this list is an excellent starting point.

Compact Sedan: 2003-2008 Hyundai Elantra

Midsize Sedan: 2003-2008 Toyota Camry

Large Sedan: 2006-2008 Hyundai Azera

Coupe: 2003-2008 BMW 3 Series

Convertible: 2003-2008 Mazda Miata

Wagon: 2003-2008 Pontiac Vibe

Compact SUV/Crossover: 2003-2008 Honda CR-V

Midsize SUV/Crossover: 2004-2008 Mitsubishi Endeavor

Large SUV/Crossover: 2003-2008 Chevrolet Tahoe

Minivan/Van: 2003-2008 Honda Odyssey

Compact Truck: 2003-2008 Toyota Tacoma

Large Truck: 2003-2008 Ford F-150

Luxury: 2003-2008 Infiniti G35

Hybrid: 2004-2008 Toyota Prius

My Recommendation for Car Shoppers

TrueCar No-Haggle, Edmunds Price Promise, and 1-800 Car Show are the quickest way to see the lowest car prices in your area. These sites show you no-haggle prices from dealers closest to you - and the deals are usually really good. This should be the first step you take when negotiating your car price. Follow this up with my checklist to make sure you squeeze out every last bit of savings.

California Residents - Important:

There is a new online car buying service called Roadster, available only to California residents, which I highly recommend you try - especially if you hate the stress of haggling with a car salesman. They provide an expert concierge who negotiates the price of the car and delivers it to your home with zero hassle - you never have to interact with a dealership. Here is my in-depth review of Roadster and why I recommend it.

- Gregg Fidan

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About: Gregg Fidan


Gregg Fidan + is the founder of RealCarTips. After being ripped off on his first car purchase, he devoted several years to figuring out the best ways to avoid scams and negotiate the best car deals. He has written hundreds of articles on the subject of car buying and taught thousands of car shoppers how to get the best deals.

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