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Cars That Owners Keep a Long Time

BankRate.com recently released a list of the 10 models that owners tend to keep for at least 10 years. The study looked at 2005 model year vehicles that were sold between January 1, 2015, to July 30, 2015, to see which ones owners held on to the longest. Vehicles that owners kept -- sometimes 1.7 times longer than the average -- were fully dominated by Honda and Toyota. See the full list below.

If you're considering purchasing any of these vehicles, I recommend you use TrueCar No Haggle and CarsDirect to get the best price from local dealers.

Vehicle% of Original Owners Keeping Car for 10 YearsTimes More Likely to be Held by Owner for 10 Years Compared with Avg
Honda CR-V28.6%2.1
Toyota Prius28.5%2.1
Toyota RAV-428.2%2.1
Toyota Highlander26.5%2
Honda Odyssey25.6%1.9
Toyota Sienna25.4%1.9
Toyota Camry24.4%1.8
Toyota Avalon23.8%1.8
Honda Pilot23.3%1.7
Honda Element23.1%1.7

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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