Buying a used car can be one of the best or worst decisions you make all year long, depending on the quality of the used car in question (not to mention the quality of used car dealers themselves). It’s a high stakes decision: every year, drivers lose up to $4 billion from odometer fraud, and the typical car is "rolled back" 15,000 miles.
So how do you know if you’re actually buying the right vehicle on the used car dealers’ lot?
Here are some of our favorite picks for the best used car models. Keep these in mind the next time you’re searching for used car dealers near you.
There’s a reason Ford Flexes move so quickly once they appear on pre-owned dealership lots. When Edmunds named the Ford Flex one of the best used cars for under $18,000, the auto website named the Flex one of its "top picks for its space-efficient cabin that can fit adults in all three rows, a carlike driving experience, ample feature content and distinctive styling. Reliability ratings are also perfectly respectable."
Honda Civics have been showing up on lists of the best used cars since the moment they first arrived on used car dealerships’ lots. Remarkably, some auto experts say these cars are so reliable that they’re actually more desirable as a used car. Don’t believe us? Here’s Edmunds, again, this time extolling the virtues of the used Honda Civic: In a way, however, it’s become more appealing as a used car. It boasts one of the best reliability records of any car, period, and its generous array of standard features means you won’t be short-changed on gadgets and gizmos because you bought a used car.
If you look at U.S. News and World Report’s ranking of the Best Used Midsize Cars $15K and up, one model of used cars stands out: the Honda Accord. In fact, four out of the top-six used cars in this category are Honda Accords.
You won’t find many people driving Jeep Wranglers because they’re the best choice for driving around the city. But the people you do find driving Jeep Wranglers tend to love driving Jeep Wranglers. If you’re looking for the most affordable off-road ready vehicle, this is your best bet. So if you’ve been dreaming of cruising around in one of these iconic vehicles, buying used offers an incredible value.