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10 Best Used Cars Under $10,000

If you find yourself needing to purchase a used car, you might be worried that you won't be able to find a decent vehicle for the price you can afford.

Fear not as there's lots of great options in the used car market. Consumer Reports recently put together a list of what they consider the 10 best used cars you can get right now for under $10,000, all with excellent safety ratings. Vehicles on the list include the Chevrolet Malibu, Hyundai Sonata, Kia Soul, and Volkswagen Jetta. See below for the full top 10 list.

And if you're considering any of these high-ranking used cars, I recommend using TrueCar No Haggle and CarsDirect to see the deals being offered by your local dealers.

VehicleModel YearsStarting Price
Hyundai Sonata2006-2014$5,225
Ford Focus2009-2011$6,050
Volkswagen Jetta2009-2010$7,250
Toyota RAV42004-2012$7,300
Volkswagen Rabbit/Golf2009-2014$7,700
Ford Fusion2010-2012$8,075
Chevrolet Malibu2009-2012$8,125
Mazda Mazda62009-2013$8,375
Kia Soul2010-2011$8,650
Mazda Mazda32011-2013$9,825

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.

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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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