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Used Cars You Should Consider Buying

This week, Edmunds.com editors assembled a list of best used cars to consider based on a combination of reliability, safety, value and availability.

They limited their selection to vehicles that are between 2 and 7 years old. These are vehicles that should be dependable for several more years and have already gone through their biggest period of depreciation.

Make sure to consider these vehicles when shopping for a used car.

Compact Sedan Hyundai Elantra2005-2010
Midsize Sedan Nissan Altima2005-2010
Large Sedan Hyundai Azera2006-2010
Coupe BMW 3 Series2005-2010
Convertible Mazda Miata2005-2010
Wagon Pontiac Vibe2005-2010
Compact SUV Honda CR-V2005-2010
Midsize SUV Ford Explorer2005-2010
Large SUV Chevrolet Tahoe2005-2010
Minivan/Van Honda Odyssey2005-2010
Compact Truck Toyota Tacoma2005-2010
Large Truck Ford F-1502005-2010
Luxury Infiniti G35/G372005-2010
Hybrid Toyota Prius2005-2010
Sport Compact Subaru Impreza WRX2005-2010

3 Steps Every Car Buyer Needs to Take to Save Maximum Money

The key to getting the best deal is to gather price or lease bids from as many local dealers as possible. Then shop that best price around until no one can beat it. Here are the steps:

Step 1 Get Prices From My Trusted Network

Select the vehicle you're interested in to see if there are local dealers in my network who will provide you with their best upfront price. You will get direct access to an internet sales manager who you can further negotiate with online (no need to visit dealership).
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Step 2 Get Prices From TrueCar / CarsDirect

TrueCar, and CarsDirect are my top 2 online price quote recommendations. These services show you pre-negotiated prices from dealers closest to you - and the deals are usually pretty decent. But remember, you can still negotiate further.

Step 3 Complete my Checklist

Follow this up with my checklist to make sure you squeeze out every last bit of savings.
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About The Author

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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