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Best Used Car Bargains

March 1, 2012

The guys over at AutoSavant are obsessed when it comes to used-car pricing data. They go to the auctions, keep up with the residual values, and follow the industry closely.

Every once in awhile, they update their "cheat sheet" for potential used-car buyers, where they select the vehicles that will give you the most value for your money.

There are a couple of criteria each vehicle must meet in order to make the list. First, it has to be a good quality vehicle - absolutely no lousy cars allowed on the list. And second, the ideal vehicle, for whatever reason, just wasn't popular with buyers. That means the residual values have fallen quickly, resulting in a much more attractive price.

Many of these vehicles have been discontinued, which explains why they're such good bargains right now. Visit the AutoSavant Cheat Sheet for more detailed summaries for each vehicle.

Here is the list of recommended used car bargains:

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.

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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Gregg Fidan

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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