|Popular Used Cars |
|Honda Civic - The 2007 Honda Civic continues to set the bar for the small-car segment. Strong on comfort, safety and customization, this is one car that every shopper needs to consider. |
Honda Accord - Though it's one of the older cars in the midsize segment, the 2007 Honda Accord is still a great choice for consumers wanting a sedan or coupe that does just about everything right.
Honda CR-V - It may not be substantially larger or more powerful, but the 2007 Honda CR-V is the most refined and practical small SUV Honda has ever built. If you're shopping in this class, it should be high on your list.
Toyota Camry - While it still won't win the title of "world's sexiest family sedan," the new 2007 Toyota Camry's combination of comfort, refinement and reliability will very likely allow it to keep the title belt for "America's best-selling sedan." Anyone shopping in this segment will want to give the Camry consideration.
BMW 3 Series - Fully deserving of its popularity, the 2007 BMW 3 Series sets the standard for overall driving enjoyment, luxury and refinement in an entry-level luxury car. Only its high price will give you pause.
Toyota Tundra - A true full-size truck, the 2007 Toyota Tundra is as strong as anything in the class when it comes to acceleration, road manners and equipment availability. If you're shopping for a pickup this year, this is one you won't want to miss.
Nissan Altima - Though lacking a bit in refinement, the Altima is a midsize sedan to be desired, especially when equipped with the 250-horsepower V6.
Infiniti G35 - It still doesn't quite match the benchmark BMW 3 Series when it comes to providing the ultimate connection between car and driver, but the powerful, roomy and agile 2007 Infiniti G35 is oh-so-close for thousands of dollars less.
|Most new auto dealers and new auto sales people are honest folks, but you must remember that Car Sales People, Sales Managers and Finance Managers all work on commission. |
They are thinking about their pay checks first when selling you a vehicle and arranging financing for you!
Most new-car dealers typically sell used cars as well. Although inexpensive cars can often be found on these lots, most such dealers only offer relatively late model vehicles that have been taken in trade and are in good condition — and are relatively expensive. Older, less expensive vehicles are usually sent to auction to be purchased by independent used-car dealers (see below).
Independent Used - Car Dealers - Independent used car lots are a potential source of affordable cheap cars. Many lots have older vehicles that can be real bargains. However, proper caution should be taken to determine if the price is fair and that the vehicle has no hidden problems. Most used cars come without any kind of warranty or return policy. See Buying a Used Car for more details.
National Used - Car Dealers - If you live in an area that has a Carmax superstore, this is one of the largest, most reputable used-car dealers in the country, and a good source of fair no-hassle deals — although not necessarily the cheapest deals.
New - Car Dealers - Don't overlook new cars as a potential source of good bargains. There are currently tons of heavy rebates and other incentives being offered by car manufacturers, especially on domestic brands, that can often make certain new cars temporarily less expensive than used cars of the same make and model. Long-term, new-car incentives tend to also drive down the cost of used cars over time, creating a new source of cheap cars.
Purchase from Individual - You can find cheap cars by searching newspaper classifieds, web sites such as AutoTrader, and local car sales consignment lots. However, great care is required in order to avoid problems with such vehicles. Many are being sold cheap for a good reason. In many cases, these cars have problems that the buyer is not disclosing. Such cars are sold "as is" which means you have no recourse if problems come up.