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
Need to move a lot of earth and keep your car payments low? These used trucks can do it all for less.
Hertz is selling almost 200,000 cars in bankruptcy, and it doesn't take much money to land in an almost-new car.
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.
GM cars from the 1990s are the stars in this list of vehicles with the lowest car-insurance bills.
Today's Used Car Market
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J.D. Power surveys and dependability ratings reveal these cars have the fewest reported problems in the first three years of ownership.
The Detroit-based brand moved up 13 places on the Consumer Reports list thanks to the Challenger and Grand Caravan.
Sometimes the best deals are exactly where you wouldn’t expect to find them.
The long-term reliability of sports cars has experienced a paradigm shift over the last 25 years.
Before You Buy
Selling Your Car
By identifying the pros and cons, this guide answers the important questions you need to ask before buying a pre-owned automobile.
We suss out the key differences between automakers' Certified Pre-Owned Vehicle warranties for you.