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Cheapest Cars to Own Right Now
May 2, 2013As everyone knows, purchasing a car is just the first of many costs associated owning a vehicle. Along with this comes gas, maintenance, repairs, insurance, and registration fees.
So how can a car buyer on a tight budget figure out what cars available today are not just cheap to buy, but cheap to own overall? MSN Autos recently took up this challenge and came up with what they consider to be the top 10 cheapest cars to own in 2013, calculated over a five year time span.
Topping the list is the 2013 Nissan Versa S with a total five-year ownership cost of $27,405. As always, don't forget to use the free RydeShopper to maximize your savings whenever you buy a new car.
|Vehicle||5-Year Fuel Cost||Maintenance & Repairs||Total 5-Year Ownership Cost|
|Nissan Versa S 4dr||$9,017||$3,971||$27,405|
|Chevrolet Spark LS 4dr Hatch||$7,963||$4,202||$27,871|
|Kia Rio 4dr Hatch||$8,115||$3,276||$28,516|
|Toyota Yaris 2dr Hatch||$8,278||$3,777||$28,685|
|Kia Soul Base 4dr Hatch||$10,151||$3,484||$29,338|
|Hyundai Accent GLS 4dr||$8,725||$3,044||$29,474|
|Scion iQ 2dr Hatch||$7,528||$4,131||$29,490|
|Ford Fiesta S 4dr||$8,369||$4,469||$29,727|
|Kia Forte LX 4dr||$9,665||$3,326||$29,769|
|Toyota Corolla L 4dr||$9,219||$3,902||$30,435|
3 Steps Every Car Buyer Needs to Take to Save Maximum MoneyThe 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 NetworkSelect 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 3 Complete my ChecklistFollow this up with my checklist to make sure you squeeze out every last bit of savings.
- Gregg Fidan
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