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12 Safe & Affordable Used Vehicles

Next to price, safety is one of the most important factors car shoppers consider before deciding on a vehicle.

Last week, Forbes released a list of the 12 safest used cars that are all under $19,000. So not only do these vehicles have great safety records, but they won't completely empty your wallet. Vehicles on the list include the Subaru Legacy, Honda Pilot AWD, Ford Flex 2WD, and Acura TSX.

As always, I recommend using TrueCar No Haggle and CarsDirect to see the lowest prices being offered in your area.

RankVehicleUsed 2011 Base Model Fair Purchase Price
1Subaru Legacy$12,670
2Honda Odyssey$16,340
3Honda Pilot AWD$18,794
4Chevrolet Equinox FWD/AWD$13,878
5Ford Flex 2WD$15,116
6Mazda CX-9 AWD$13,924
7Subaru Outback$15,099
8Volkswagen Jetta$9,241
9Acura TSX$16,601
10BMW 328i Sedan$17,239
11Buick Enclave 2WD/4WD$17,755
12Mercedes-Benz C-Class$17,414

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

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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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