That new-car smell doesn’t come cheap: The average new vehicle transacts for about $32,000, per J.D. Power and Associates. That’s about half the median U.S. household income these days, so it’s no surprise a lot more shoppers buy used instead. Auto auction company Manheim notes that some 40 million used cars are sold each year — well over double the number of new cars that change hands.
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If the 1.8 million used vehicles on Cars.com didn’t tip you off, that’s quite the haystack. Which needles should you look for? Cars.com reviewers, a crew well-versed in used-car purchases, name their favorites from the past dozen years.