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Shopping for used cars can feel like playing the lottery—and the odds are still not usually in your favor. Because when that new-car warranty runs out, and the miles and miles of commuting and road trips start racking up, all that wear and tear will mean that car parts need to be replaced and repair bills will begin to get more expensive. But never fear, the experts here at Car and Driver are prepared to help shoppers better navigate the big and perilous used-car market. We'll provide our recommendations on the most reliable models out there and give our advice on buying a used or certified-pre-owned vehicle.

Best Bang for the Buck

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Best Used Trucks for under $10,000

Need to move a lot of earth and keep your car payments low? These used trucks can do it all for less.

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12 Cars You Can Buy from Hertz for $15,000 or Less

Hertz is selling almost 200,000 cars in bankruptcy, and it doesn't take much money to land in an almost-new car.

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Best Used Cars Under $5000

One of the options on this list started at $70,000 in the 1990s but can be had for less than $90 a month now.

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Best Used Cars Under $10,000 for Teen Drivers

IIHS and NHTSA data show that these 13 hatchbacks, sedans, and SUVs are the safest and most reliable for teens and other first-time drivers.

Aug 14, 2021
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10 Cheapest Used Cars to Insure in 2021

GM cars from the 1990s are the stars in this list of vehicles with the lowest car-insurance bills.

By Sebastian Blanco
Jan 10, 2021

Today's Used Car Market

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With Used Cars In Demand, Sellers See Opportunity

As the coronavirus pandemic continues, used cars are in demand because new-car supplies are low and people are choosing car ownership over public transit and ride sharing.

By Sebastian Blanco
Sep 13, 2020
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Looking for a Good Deal on a Vehicle? Be Flexible.

By Colin Beresford
Aug 1, 2020
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Deals Are Still Out There for Used Cars, Even Now

By Colin Beresford
Jun 27, 2020
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Used Car Buyers Have Big Savings Coming Their Way

By Colin Beresford
Apr 25, 2020
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How Can I Save Money on a Used Car Right Now?

By Drew Dorian
Apr 10, 2020
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Most Reliable Used Cars

J.D. Power surveys and dependability ratings reveal these cars have the fewest reported problems in the first three years of ownership.

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Before You Buy

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New vs. Used: Advantages of Each Car Buying Option

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Should You Buy a New or Slightly Used Car?

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