Our no hassle used car process is quite simple. You fill out the no-obligation application. You hear from a loan officer from a dealership in your area. You make an appointment to see the terms and available vehicles. Like it, you drive away; if not, you walk away with nothing lost.
We not only want you to get the best loan, we also want you to get the top car in your price range. That's why we research cars at prices where banks are most likely to lend. The good news is you don't have to get stuck with a hoopty if you're trying to save some money. Look at the highly rated vehicles available at affordable prices:
$10,000 to $12,000: Consider an 04 Dodge PT Cruiser, an 04 Scion XB, or an 05 Chrysler Sebring convertible. You can find a nice Nissan Sentra or
Chevy Malibu in this price range, too. Hell, nowadays, with dealers hurting so badly, you can find a NEW small car for around $10K!
$8,000 to $10,000: In trucks, an 01 Dodge Dakota; in SUVs, an 02 Ford Escape or Mazda Tribute; in a crossover, an 01 Subaru Legacy or an 04 Mitsubishi Endeavor. Looking for a minivan? The Kia Sedona got rave reviews from auto critics. An 04 goes for $8,500.
$6,000 to $8,000: The 03 Hyundai Elantra, the 01 Jeep Cherokee or the 96 Lexus ES300. You can find a 10-year-old BMW 3-series in this price range, but they are built like anvils so no worries there.
$4,000 to $6,000: Toyota's Camry and Corolla, and Honda's Civic and Accord, dominate this category. Think seven or more years old.
Under $4,000: It's never a problem to own an Acura, even if it's old. The 93 Acura is rewriting the rule books on reliability. Another suggestion: the looks-newer-than-it-is 97 Ford Taurus.