The 10 Best Used Car Deals!

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Kiplinger.com has released its list of the 10 best used car deals available in 2009, and by the looks of it, they found some great deals available on some great cars. 

I can break their list into three categories: the obvious, the surprising, and the flat-out wrong. I won’t repeat the whole list here, but if you check out Kiplinger’s slide show you’ll see each car’s original MSRP, dealer retail pre-owned price, and certified price. Good stuff.

First, the obvious choices on their list:

Honda made the list with three different vehicles, the 2005 Civic, the 2007 Pilot and the 2006 Acura TL. Kiplinger got these spot on – you just can’t go wrong with a pre-owned Honda (unless of course you’re me… my 2002 CR-V was a lemon).

I also put the 2005 Toyota RAV4 on the list of obvious choices; it’s a nice little ute that should last forever! Not all of us want obvious choices, though – some of us want to stick out from the crowd a little and might opt for…

The surprising choices:

2006-infiniti-g351The 2006 Infiniti G35 sedan easily reached into the mid-$30s when it was new. Now you can pick up a certified pre-owned version for about $21K and have all the clout and performance that goes with it.

If it’s pure luxury you’re looking for, look at the 2005 Lexus LS 430. At $60,000 new, it’s out of reach for a lot of us… until now! You could snag one of these deluxe Lexuses for less than half the original cost. Can you say booyah?

2007-ford-five-hundredBefore I go into the flat-out-wrong category, I want to say that I love Ford. Their new Taurus is a game changer. The Fusion kicks butt. The Fiesta is cute and cool all in one. But the 2007 Ford Five Hundred really shouldn’t be on any best-of lists. Apparently Kiplinger felt otherwise. Yeah, it’s cheap now, but I’d recommend waiting for a certified pre-owned 2010 Taurus instead. 

Kiplinger’s choice to add the 2006 Pontiac Vibe falls into the same category. Instead, buy a 2006 Toyota Matrix for the simple reason that Toyota still exists.

What are some of the best used-car values you’ve seen lately?

-tgriffith

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