September is a great month to get a deal on a used car. With summer coming to a close and new car shoppers taking advantage of the large new car rebates and year-end model closeouts. There will be a large influx of trade-ins from these new car deals and not to mention the thousands of 2012-13 model vehicles coming in off lease from 2012.
This is great news for used car shoppers, this means a greater selection and a wider variety of vehicles for you to choose from. Below you'll find most of the used cars listed to be three or four years old and have been consistent in holding their value over the past few years.
Using information from Kiplinger, we've listed the used cars they've selected based on how they scored in their tests on reliability, safety, and performance. All the vehicles on the list ranked well with Kiplinger and have proven to be reliable cars since then.
Make sure to check out all the available used car finance deals below before heading before you go shopping.
NOTE: Before buying any used car you'll want to check the used car's title history using a service such as AutoCheck. This will protect you by making sure the vehicle has not been in a severe accident or has a branded title. If the title shows to be clean, the second thing you'll want to do is have the vehicle inspected by an independent certified mechanic before signing on the dotted line. There may be an additional cost; However, it will be well worth reducing the chances of you buying someone else's problems and costing you a lot more money later down the road.
When negotiating a used car's price, it’s important to have a good estimate of what the dealer's cost is for the vehicle and what other people are paying for the same used car in your local area. Otherwise, you won’t know what's a good price to pay for the vehicle. I highly recommend using an online referral service such as Edmunds or Cars.com to do your used car research and request a free used car quote.
The information you receive from these sites, will tell you what the vehicle you're considering is going for and will also tell you which dealerships in your local area are currently the most flexible with their used car pricing.
|Used Car||Price When New||Certified Used Price||Dealer Used Price||Private-Party Price||MPG (City/Hwy)|
|2013 Toyota Camry||$23,490 (LE)||$16,858||$15,658||$13,760||25/35|
|2013 Chevrolet Tahoe||$41,400 (LS)||$31,025||$29,675||$27,232||15/21|
|2011 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Sedan||$50,275 (E350)||$26,960||$24,360||$22,155||17/25|
|2013 Kia Soul||$18,495 (Plus)||$15,174||$14,278||$12,648||23/28|
|2011 Lexus RX 350||$39,950 (w/o packages)||$27,076||$24,576||22,235||18/25|
|2013 Cadillac CTS||$46,135 (3.6 liter, AWD)||$31,692||$30,292||$27,349||18/27|
|2012 Audi Q5||$36,475 (w/o packages)||$30,860||$28,260||$26,149||20/27 (premium fuel)|
|2012 Honda Civic||$19,595||$13,880||$13,127||$11,119||28/39|
|2013 Hyundai Elantra GT||$16,965 (base MSRP)||$15,515||$15,215||$13,034||27/37|
|2013 Mazda MX-5 Miata||$24,515 (Sport, manual)||$18,155||$16,931||$15,911||22/28 (premium fuel)|
|2012 Acura MDX||$43,925 (w/o packages)||$29,985||$28,385||$25,876||16/21 (premium fuel)|
|2012 Toyota Prius||$24,760 (II)||$16,531||$14,831||$13,300||51/48|
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