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Top 10 Most Reliable Used Cars

October 11, 2012

When buying a used car, reliability is one of the most important factors you should consider. This week, identified the top 10 most reliable used cars from the 2008 and 2009 model years.

These are vehicles that earned the highest marks for reliablity from both Consumer Reports and J.D. Power & Associates. In particular, they all received top scores in powertrain dependability, which affects key components such as the engine and transmission.

In addition, all of these vehicles performed well in initial quality suvrveys and new-car reviews. So if you're considering a late-model used car, you should definitely check out the following models:

  1. Acura TL
  2. Ford Fusion
  3. Honda CR-V
  4. Lexus ES 350
  5. Lexus RX 350
  6. Lincoln MKZ
  7. Mazda MX-5 Miata
  8. Toyota Highlander
  9. Toyota Prius
  10. Toyota Yaris

My Recommendation for Car Shoppers

TrueCar No-Haggle and Edmunds Price Promise 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

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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