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The Best Deals on Used SUVs

In the market to purchase an SUV? To maximize savings, you should consider buying a 3-to-5 year old used model.  There are currently some great deals on 2008-2010 models, like the Toyota RAV4, Honda CR-V and Subaru Forester.

Consumer Reports has put together a list this week of what they consider the best deals for used SUVs in these model years, all of which are under $25,000.   Be sure to include these models on your consideration list.

Vehicle Dealer Avg Price MSRP (new) Drop in Retail Value vs. MSRP
2008 Mitsubishi Outlander $11,919 $23,125 49%
2008 Nissan Rogue $13,125 $20,560 36%
2009 Nissan Rogue $14,838 $21,615 31%
2008 Toyota RAV4 $14,875 $25,182 41%
2010 Mitsubishi Outlander $15,921 $24,313 35%
2008 Honda CR-V $16,217 $23,650 32%
2008 Subaru Forester $16,513 $25,262 35%
2009 Honda CR-V $17,229 $24,195 29%
2009 Mazda CX-9 $17,525 $29,820 41%
2009 Subaru Forester $17,821 $25,178 29%
2010 Toyota RAV4 $18,942 $25,725 26%
2008 Honda Pilot $19,094 $32,178 41%
2010 Mazda CX-9 $20,388 $29,505 31%
2009 Toyota Highlander $20,700 $29,050 29%
2009 Toyota Venza $21,194 $27,613 23%
2008 Toyota Highlander $21,544 $32,325 33%
2009 Acura RDX $23,100 $37,195 38%
2008 Acura MDX $23,870 $44,715 47%

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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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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