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Best Deals on Used Small Cars

November 10, 2016

Prices of small used cars have fallen quite a bit in the past year or two, as car shoppers are gravitate toward SUVs and pickup trucks.

When there's a big change in demand, there's opportunity to get a great deal. This week, Edmunds compiled a list of the best used cars to buy right now, based on the % drop in price over the past year. The vehicles on the list are also generally popular and rated well overall.

As always, if you're shopping for a new car right now, I recommend you use TrueCar and Edmunds Price Promise to quickly see the best deals being offered in your area.

Vehicle Price Drop This Year
2011-2015 Chevrolet Volt29%
2011-2015 Nissan Leaf23%
2012-2015 Ford Focus22%
2011-2015 Chevrolet Cruze21%
2010-2015 Volkswagen Golf19%
2011-2015 Hyundai Elantra16%
2012-2015 Honda Civic12%
2014-2015 Kia Forte12%
2010-2015 Mazda 312%
2012-2015 Subaru Impreza7%

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

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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