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Best New Cars for Under $18,000

Looking to buy a new car, but on a tight budget? Consumer Reports recently released what they consider the top six new cars for under $18,000.

The list includes the Chevrolet Sonic 1.8 LT with a base MSRP price range starting at $14,185, and the Kia Rio EX Sedan with a base MSRP price range starting at $13,600.

And for even more savings, make sure to use the free when negotiating your purchase.

VehicleTested PriceBase MSRP Range
Hyundai Accent GLS$16,320$14,545-$17,095
Scion xD$16,900$15,745-$16,545
Honda Fit$16,915$15,425-$19,790
Chevrolet Sonic 1.8 LT$17,455$14,185-$21,470
Kia Rio EX Sedan$17,545$13,600-$17,900
Mazda2 Touring$17,845$14,720-$17,050


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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