Those of you on a budget are looking to get the best bang for your buck and Cars.com is trying to help. The auto website released its list of the top 10 used cars for $10,000 and the experts say the list spans from 2006 to 2008.
"Although the price gap between new and used cars has decreased, many shoppers are still going the used route," said Patrick Olsen, Cars.com's editor-in-chief. "We took a look at cars from 2006 or later and came up with the best 10 used cars that shoppers should be able to find for around $10,000. To make our list, the cars had to pass crash tests and have key standard safety features. We also analyzed reliability, drivability and practicality."
Cars.com's list of the top 10 cars for $10,000 includes the 2006 Ford Escape, 2008 Ford Focus, 2007 Ford Freestyle, 2007 Ford Fusion, 2006 Honda Civic, 2006 Hyundai Azera, 2007 Hyundai Sonata, 2008 Kia Optima, 2008 Nissan Versa and 2007 Scion tC.
Olsen added that the used car market is unpredictable and consumers can often negotiate a better deal for a well-equipped model at the same price as a less valuable car and the way in which the car was cared for by its previous owner makes all the difference.
Best cars for under $8,000
KBB released its list of the 10 best cars for under $8,000 for consumers on a tighter budget.
"To come up with this handy list of top used cars, first we compiled all the used cars from 2003 and newer with a Kelley Blue Book Suggested Retail Value of less than $8,000 as of January 2013," said Jack Nerad, executive editorial director for Kelley Blue Book 's KBB.com. "Then we went through the list and handpicked the 10 standouts with the most appealing mixes of reliability and desirability. The vehicles on our short list offer incredible value for today's budget-conscious car shopper."
The KBB list of the 10 Best Used Cars Under $8,000 includes the 2003 Acura TL, 2004 Honda Odyssey, 2005 Volvo S60, 2007 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Regular Cab and 2011 Hyundai Accent. Experts at KBB chose the above models for their reliability and overall bang for buck.