Best Used Cars: Consumer Reports Names Top Picks of 2015

2008 Mazda 3s - Consumer Reports Best Used Cars

Are you interested in buying a used car? Has the time come to make a final decision as to which make and model is right for you, your style, and your budget? Rather than make an uninformed decision, you can turn to a variety of resources, including Consumer Reports, for additional information and advice.

Once again, Consumer Reports has named its top used cars of 2015. Do you have to buy one of these vehicles? Of course not. That being said, you might as well take this information and use it however you best see fit.

Before we go any further, here are three details to keep in mind as you attempt to make a final decision:

  • Price
  • Safety
  • Reliability

If you find a car that suits you in all three areas, you can be rest assured of making a confident decision that you can be happy with for many years to come.

With all that out of the way, let’s take a closer look at a few vehicles named by Consumer Reports as 2015’s best used cars:

  1. 2008 Mazda 3s. In addition to its well known reliability, this car is downright fun to drive. Add that to the reasonable price tag and you are sure to be happy with this choice.
  2. 2005 Honda CR-V. This model may be 10 years old, but many still run like new. After all, there are not many manufacturers that make a more durable vehicle than Honda. If a compact SUV is what you want, the CR-V is well worth a second look.
  3. 2005 – 2007 Toyota Highlander. If you are willing to part with a bit more money, this mid-size SUV is right up your alley. In addition to Toyota’s reputation for quality and longevity, this vehicle has plenty of space.

It doesn’t matter who you are, where you live, or how much money you have to spend, there is a used car out there that will suit your every need. In addition to Consumer Reports, don’t be shy about searching online for keywords related to your situation. For example, searching for Cincinnati Ohio Used Cars will provide consumers in this part of the country with a variety of results.

Consumer Reports knows a thing or two about the automotive industry. If you are in the market for a used car, one of the three options above could be just what you have been dreaming of.


Used Car Sales Rise, Making it a Good Time to Trade In

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Shopping for used cars in Cincinnati, Ohio, is one of the best ways to save money on a quality vehicle.

As the automotive industry has continued to rebound after the economic recession, the average price of a used car has risen in pace with the price of new cars. However, even with the higher prices, used cars are still the better buy.

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The 5 Best Beaters for Under $3,000


Times once were that you could buy a top-of-the-line automobile for less than $3,000. But times have changed. A lot.

$3,000 is barely enough to put down a deposit on some vehicles, let alone to buy a new one outright. Fortunately, there are plenty of used cars in Cincinnati, Ohio that you can buy for less than $3,000. And those are prices you can get at a dealership — not from your great-aunt Betty.

When you’re dealing with such a limited budget, you need to research your options very carefully. You can get a reliable car for that budget, but if you’re not careful, you can also end up with a lemon.

Even though these cars are older, they have a reputation for performance and reliability, are still widely available, and are valued at less than $3,000:

2001 Honda Civic

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How to Find the Best Used Car Dealerships in Cincinnati

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When you shop for a used car, you don’t just want a car that is cheap. You want to get the very best your money can buy. Therefore, you don’t want to shop at a good car dealership, you want to shop at the very best car used car dealerships in Cincinnati.

Finding the best means doing more than reading online reviews. It means visiting the dealership and perusing its website to learn more about the way it does business and all that it has to offer you. Here are a few things you should look for to find the best used car dealerships in Cincinnati:

Quality Selection

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2015 Shaping Up to be a Great Year to Buy a Used Car


Just like the housing market fluctuates with demand and interest rates, so does the car market. Thanks to rising demand for new cars, prices for used cars are expected to plummet in 2015, making it a great year to buy. For the best selection of used cars, Cincinnati, Ohio residents know that McCluskey Automotive is the best place to shop.

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The 10 Most Reliable Used Cars You Can Buy on a Budget

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Used car dealerships in Cincinnati have many different models to choose from. But when you’re looking for a used vehicle on a budget, you want to make sure you find one that will last.

Check out this list of affordable models. Not only do they have above average reliability ratings from J.D. Power, but they also have solid fuel economy ratings that will save you in the long run.

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Dealers Stock Up as Used Car Sales Rise


Used car dealers around the country reported an increase in sales for the quarter and the year, and dealers are stocking up on inventory to prepare for what they expect to be another busy quarter thanks to coming tax returns.

McCluskey Automotive, which sells some of the best used cars Cincinnati has to offer, has had a busy quarter, as well, but sales figures were not reported.

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Gas Prices to Continue to Drop in the Short Term


With as much as you’ve been saving at the pump lately, you might be thinking about putting some of that cash toward a new ride. Maybe you want to shop smart and look for used cars for sale in Cincinnati, helping you to save even more. A lot of other people have had the same idea, and sales of SUVs have risen in recent months.

Across Ohio, the average cost of a gallon of gas has dropped below $2. Two weeks ago, the average cost [click to continue…]


10 Great Used Cars You Can Buy for Under $15,000

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There are lots of good used cars for sale in Cincinnati, but how do you make sure you find the best one at the best price?

Doing your research before heading to the dealership can help you choose a model that’s perfect for your lifestyle without going over your budget.

Whether you’re looking for a pre-owned sedan, hatchback, or SUV, there are plenty of first-rate choices out there. Check out this list of 10 great vehicles you can get for under $15,000.

With features galore, fuel efficiency that will make your wallet happy, and performance that pleases, these used models offer you everything you could want in a vehicle, plus a few things you probably never even thought of.

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Getting the Car You Want in the New Year


Now that the holidays have passed, you might be thinking toward what you want to get out of the New Year. Unless you were very, very lucky, there probably wasn’t a new car under your Christmas tree. Therefore, a new car might be at the top of your list.

Unfortunately, a new car will cost you thousands of dollars. Few people are able to save that much money, and not everyone has good enough credit to get the financing terms that will make the purchase affordable.

Here are a few things you can do to get the new car you want in the New Year:

Shop Buy Here Pay Here Dealers

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