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Best & Worst Used Car Values

If you're looking for the best deal on a used car, you should be focusing on the subcompact models - that's according to Edmunds.com Used Vehicle Market Report, which came out this week.

Prices in the sub-compact segment were down over 6% compared to a year ago, while other used car segments such as compact pickup trucks actually increased by over 10%.

Take a look at the best and worst used car segments below.

As always, if you're shopping for a new car right now, I recommend you use TrueCar No Haggle and CarsDirect to quickly see the best deals being offered in your area.

Best Used Car Values

Vehicle SegmentAvg Price Q2 2015Avg Price Q2 2016Q2 2016 vs. Q2 2015
Subcompact Car$12,233$11,461-6.30%
Compact Car$12,397$12,153-2.00%
Midsize Car$14,039$13,892-1.00%
Large Crossover SUV$22,310$22,182-0.60%
Premium Luxury Car$45,291$45,4420.30%

Worst Used Car Values

Vehicle SegmentAvg Price Q2 2015Avg Price Q2 2016Q2 2016 vs. Q2 2015
Compact Truck$17,235$18,97810.10%
Large Traditional SUV$24,652$26,8528.90%
Premium Luxury SUV$37,626$40,5317.70%
Midsize Traditional SUV$20,883$22,4777.60%
Large Car$14,249$15,3157.50%

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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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