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Best Deals on Used Family Sedans

October 6, 2011

When it comes to bang for your buck, few vehicles offer as much for the money as a late model used car.

Because they are extremely practical and sold in very high volume, the mid-size family sedan offers the best bargains.

With its eye towards "value" and everything that word implies, Consumer Reports recently named a dozen cars in its list of "Best Deals on Used Family Sedans".

Because of the slow-down in new car sales, used cars are in shorter supply and prices have been on the rise.

While this makes them somewhat less of a bargain than they used to be, Consumer Reports still finds them affordable and we have to agree.

Its list of best used sedans includes those it finds reliable while being able to perform well in government and industry crash tests.

The table below shows how the publication placed the vehicles in order of the lowest price you may negotiate when buying from a dealer:

Vehicle Mileage MSRP (new) Current Price Price Drop
2006 Mazda6 s 75,000 $23,610 $10,525 55%
2006 Nissan Altima SL 75,000 $27,400 $12,525 54%
2006 Mercury Milan 75,000 $21,345 $9,950 53%
2006 Toyota Camry XLE 75,000 $25,805 $13,425 48%
2007 Honda Accord LX 47,000 $25,200 $14,250 43%
2007 Ford Fusion SEL 47,000 $24,020 $13,825 42%
2007 Toyota Camry XLE 47,000 $28,020 $16,975 39%
2008 Mazda6 s 36,000 $23,310 $15,425 34%
2008 Ford Fusion SE 36,000 $21,810 $14,725 32%
2008 Nissan Altima SL 36,000 $28,280 $19,600 31%
2008 Toyota Camry LE 36,000 $21,075 $15,400 27%
2008 Honda Accord EX 36,000 $25,860 $19,675 24%

My Recommendation for Car Shoppers

TrueCar, Edmunds, 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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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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