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Best & Worst Cities to Buy a Used Car

If you're in the market for a used car, the city you purchase in may have an impact on the price.

According to Forbes, there can be quite a difference in car prices between US cities. For instance, cars sold in Miami, FL are nearly 7 percent less expensive than the national average, while used cars in Jackson, MS may make you fork over 9 percent more than the national average.

Here's a look at the top 10 most affordable and least affordable cities in the US when it comes to buying a used car, based on the national average transaction price.

10 Most Affordable Cities

City % Below National Average Price
Miami, FL -6.6%
Cleveland, OH -5.7%
Rochester, NY -5.4%
Detroit, MI -4.7%
Stamford, CT -4.7%
Akron, OH -4.4%
Buffalo, NY -4.4%
Toledo, OH -3.7%
New York, NY -3.7%
Minneapolis, MN -2.8%

10 Least Affordable Cities

City % Above National Average Price
Jackson, MS 9.0%
Seattle, WA 6.4%
Montgomery, AL 5.8%
Little Rock, AR 5.8%
Knoxville, TN 5.5%
Mobile, AL 5.3%
Fresno, CA 4.8%
Memphis, TN 4.8%
Wichita, KS 4.8%
Lincoln, NE 4.7%

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

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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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