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The Best New Cars for Your Money

It's the season most Americans dread - tax return season. Hopefully this tax season has been good to you and you are expecting - or have already received - a nice tax return that you can use towards a new car this year.

If that's the case, you want to make sure you're putting your money into a car that is truly worth it. Luckily, US News & World Report just released the winners of its 2013 Best Cars for the Money Awards. These 20 automobiles are the best combination of performance and long-term ownership costs, so you get the most bang for your buck.

Check out the list below, and remember to use the free to get the biggest discounts on these vehicles when you're ready to start negotiating.

Subcompact CarsHonda Fit
Compact CarsFord Focus
Upscale Small CarsBuick Verano
HatchbacksHonda Fit
Midsize CarsFord Fusion
Upscale Midsize CarsBuick Regal
Large CarsFord Taurus
Hybrid CarsFord Fusion Hybrid
Sports CarsScion FR-S
WagonsSubaru Outback
Compact SUVsFord Escape
Luxury Compact SUVsBMW X1
Midsize SUVs with 2 RowsFord Edge
Midsize SUVs with 3 RowsHyundai Santa Fe
Luxury Midsize SUVs with 2 RowsLexus RX 350
Luxury Midsize SUVs with 3 RowsAcura MDX
Large SUVsChevrolet Tahoe
Hybrid SUVsLexus RX Hybrid
MinivansMazda Mazda5
Compact Pickup TrucksToyota Tacoma
Full Size Pickup TrucksToyota Tundra

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).
Select Vehicle to Get Local Pricing

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.
- Gregg Fidan

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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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