How do I choose the right pre-owned car?

How do I choose the right pre-owned car?

Everyone knows that if you want to score a bargain, your best bet is to buy used. But if that car or truck can’t be counted on to get you from Point A to Point B reliably, is it really saving you money?

When shopping for a used car, reliability is as important as affordability – or you’ll risk those forfeiting those savings in repair bills and towing fees. But if you don’t have a five-figure budget, how can you be sure that the car you’re buying is up to the task?

Used cars are the way to go for most American buyers. Around 40 million a year, in fact, considerably more than twice the number of new cars sold each year.

But picking out the best used car to buy usually isn’t easy if you want to buy one that’s reliable, affordable and equipped with up-to-date electronic and safety features. There are hundreds of models from which to choose each year. Go back 10 years and we’re talking about, well, a lot.


To help make your life (and shopping) a little easier, we have compiled a list of the best used cars to buy in 2018.


Cars For Sale  under $10,000

Compact: Pontiac Vibe 2008-10 and Toyota Matrix 2008-10

Sedans: Mazda6 2009-11

Cars For Sale  from $10,000-$15,000

Subcompact: Honda Fit 2013

Compact: Toyota Corolla 2012-2015

Sedans: Acura TSX 2008-11 and Toyota Camry 2010-13

Small SUVs: Honda CR-V 2008-11

Midsized SUVs: Acura RDX 2009-10

Cars For Sale  from $15,000-$20,000

Compact: Toyota Prius 2014-15

Sedans: Honda Accord 2013-15 and Lexus ES 2011-12

Sporty: Scion FR-S 2014-15 and Subaru BRZ 2014

Wagons: Toyota Venza 2010-12

SUVs: Toyota RAV4 2011-13 and Toyota 4Runner 2008-09

Pickups: Honda Ridgeline 2008-10

Cars For Sale  from $20,000-$25,000

Sedans: Toyota Avalon 2014-15, Infiniti M 2013 and Lexus LS 2011-12

Sporty: Scion FR-S 2016 and Subaru BRZ 2015-16

Wagons: Toyota Venza 2013-14

SUVs: Mazda CX-5 2016 and Toyota Highlander 2011-12

Pickups: Toyota Tundra 2010-11

Cars For Sale  from $25,000-$30,000

Sedans: Lexus CT 200h 2016 and Lexus GS 2013-14

Sporty: BMW 2 Series 2015-16

Wagons: Toyota Prius V 2017 and Toyota Venza 2015

SUVs: Lexus RX 2013-14 and Toyota Sequoia 2011

Pickups: Honda Ridgeline 2013-14 and Toyota Tundra 2012-13

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