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.

Sep 28, 2020
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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.

Aug 15, 2020
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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.

Jul 17, 2021
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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 dri…
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.

Jan 10, 2021

Today's Used Car Market

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Looking for a Good Deal on a Vehicle? Be Flexible.

With inventories for new and used vehicles dipping, don't have your heart set on one specific model.

Aug 1, 2020
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Deals Are Still Out There for Used Cars, Even Now
The wholesale used-vehicle market saw values jump above pre-pandemic forecasts, but the situation still looks good from the shopper's p…
Jun 27, 2020
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Used Car Buyers Have Big Savings Coming Their Way
A steep contraction in demand for used vehicles has pushed wholesale prices down, meaning it's soon going to be a buyer's market for us…
Apr 25, 2020
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How Can I Save Money on a Used Car Right Now?
Some things can't wait until social distancing rules and lockdown orders are lifted. If you're ready to buy now, you have lots of optio…
Apr 10, 2020
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Most Reliable SUVs and Crossovers
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Tips for Finding a Reliable Used Car

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Why Sports Cars Are Often Reliable Used Cars

The long-term reliability of sports cars has experienced a paradigm shift over the last 25 years.

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CPO Car Buying in the Age of Scarcity
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How to Buy a Used Car

By identifying the pros and cons, this guide answers the important questions you need to ask before buying a pre-owned automobile.

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How CPO Warranties Work

We suss out the key differences between automakers' Certified Pre-Owned Vehicle warranties for you.

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Buying a CPO EV Makes A Lot of Sense
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