Finding the best used car for under $10,000

People who are searching for affordable used vehicles can find plenty of information online about the best used cars. Web2carz.com recently released its picks for the best used vehicles under $10,000 and the 2004 Toyota Prius came out on top.

The Prius gets 45 miles per gallon on the highway and 48 mpg in the city, and Kelley Blue Book states that the used car can be found for around $10,000 in fair condition. The 2004 Honda CR-V is another option for people who want to buy a used car with an auto loan and need a bit more space. Honda’s SUV has a five-star safety rating and plenty of interior space, which could make it a good choice for a family car. Other vehicles that made the cut are the 2003 Lexus ES300, the 2005 Toyota Tacoma, the 2004 Mazda Miata and the Ford F-150 from the 2007 model year.

When you decide which used car will best suit your needs and budget, you should start comparing prices between dealers to find the best deal, according to Daily Finance.

“Be prepared to travel a little further to find that great used car under $10,000,” Web2Carz.com co-founder Alex Bravy told Daily Finance. “Not only are you more likely to find a car that you’re interested in, but car dealers outside of major metropolitan areas are more likely to offer you a better deal on a used car.”

It is also important to request a vehicle history report to see if the car you want has a history of mechanical issues. This can also reveal if the vehicle is priced accurately. Nothing is more important than taking the car for a test drive. This is your chance to find any issues, big or small, that the dealer may not have warned you about.

If you can wait a while to buy a car, you might be able to save more money, as Bravy tells the news source that summer months typically see higher prices on used vehicles. The 2012 model year vehicle inventory is also expected to drive down the costs of used cars, and new models typically begin to hit the showroom floor in the fall season.