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The 12 Best Used Cars to Buy

You're in the market for a new vehicle and you've decided to buy used. But where do you start? Here are 12 of the best used cars to buy, according to experts.

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Honda Accord

On average, the price of a new vehicle hovers around $35,000 but you can get a high-quality used vehicle for much less. According to Kelley Blue Book, you can snag a 2016 Honda Accord for less than $20,000 and the car will depreciate slower than the competition. Plus, these are the 10 things you should never do to your car.

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Subaru Outback

CarMax ranks the Subaru Outback as one of the best deals when it comes to used vehicles. Not only does the Outback come in all-wheel-drive, but there’s plenty of space for hauling items. You can do these 100 super-simple car repairs on your own.

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Honda Civic

Need a car seat-friendly vehicle? CarMax says the Honda Civic is your best bet. The Institute for Highway Safety also puts the Civic on the list for “acceptable” LATCH system (child seat attachment hardware) ratings. Learn how to jump-start a car safely.

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Toyota Camry

If you’re looking for a vehicle that is not only reliable and dependable but will retain value, the Toyota Camry is a good bet, according to Kelley Blue Book. The Camry is all new in 2018, but the last generation has a great reputation. Here’s why you shouldn’t use your car’s air conditioner!

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Chevrolet Impala

With front-wheel drive, the Chevrolet Impala ranks as one of the best cars in Kelley Blue Book’s full-size car category. If you’re looking for one of the best used cars for technology, the 2016 model offers features such as Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and even an LTE Wi-Fi hotspot. This is the best way to get sand out of your car.

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Honda Ridgeline

Consumer Reports ranks the Honda Ridgeline as a top choice for a full-sized, used, pickup truck. Not only does it have a large cargo bed and a powerful V6 engine, it offers a car-like ride. Follow these tips when buying a used car.

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Ford Fusion

Have a new driver in the house? CarMax recommends the 2014 Ford Fusion as a good option for young drivers. This model can be found for around $15,000 and will be a reliable mode of transportation. Here are 20 really cool tech add-ons for your car.

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Honda Fit

When it comes to subcompact cars, the Honda Fit is a standout, according to Consumer Reports. The 2013 model is not only fuel-efficient, it has a flexible interior which makes it a solid, practical choice. These are the 10 things you need to know about leasing a car.

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Dodge Charger

If you’re looking for a good, all-around four-door sedan, the 2016 Dodge Charger SX is a top pick from Kelley Blue Book. You can find the model for less than $20,000 and the rear-drive model consistently gets top marks. It takes just 10 minutes to lubricate car locks, hinges and latches.

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Mini Cooper

Looking for a smaller vehicle with manual transmission? CarMax ranks the Mini Cooper as one of the best used cars in the category for stick-shift drivers. You can easily find a used model for less than $14,000. Check out these 15 cleaning secrets only car detailers know.

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Volkswagen Passat

Kelley Blue Book notes the Volkswagen Passat is one of the most under-rated family sedans on the market. It has plenty of room and a used model can be found for around $17,000. These are our top car cleaning tips and tricks.

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Jeep Wrangler

In CarMax’s all-wheel-drive SUV category, the Jeep Wrangler is a top pick. Depending on the year and the specific model, you can expect to pay anywhere from $20,000 to $37,000. Yes, you can change your oil yourself. Here’s how.

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