Best Deals on Used Family Sedans
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 ShoppersTrueCar, 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.
New York Tri-State Residents - Important:There is a new car leasing service called Carvoy, available to NY tri-state area residents, which I recommend you try - especially if you hate the stress of haggling with car dealerships. Carvoy provides pre-negotiated lease deals, calculated with taxes and all fees incuded so you know exactly what it will cost. Here is my list of Best Carvoy deals, updated each month.
- 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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