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Best Used Cars You Should Buy

Edmunds.com has released their annual Used Car Best Bet Awards for 2012. These are vehicles with a combination of best-in-class reliability, safety, and availability.

The editors looked at cars that were between two and seven years old (this is when most of the depreciation has taken place, yet the car should still be reliable). They made sure the vehicles had good crash test-ratings and had a large supply to choose from, which means more competitive prices and better value. Here are the winners:

SegmentRecommended VehicleYears
Compact SedanHyundai Elantra2005 - 2010
Midsize SedanNissan Altima2005 - 2010
Large SedanHyundai Azera2006 - 2010
CoupeBMW 3-Series2005 - 2010
ConvertibleMazda Miata2005 - 2010
WagonPontiac Vibe2005 - 2010
Compact SUVHonda CR-V2005 - 2010
Midsize SUVFord Explorer2005 - 2010
Large SUVChevrolet Tahoe2005 - 2010
MinivanHonda Odyssey2005 - 2010
Compact TruckToyota Tacoma2005 - 2010
Large TruckFord F-1502005 - 2010
LuxuryInfiniti G35/G372005 - 2010
HybridToyota Prius2005 - 2010
Sport CompactSubaru 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:

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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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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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