Where & How to Find the Best Used Cars in 2013

September 20, 2013
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Honda FItEvery year, Edmunds.com puts out a list of the best used cars, which they determine based on a variety of different criteria, considering everything from reliability, safety, value and availability. While taking a look at Edmunds’ picks for used cars is a great way to narrow your search before heading to a car dealership, there are more things you will want to consider than just those on Edmunds’ list, when choosing your next used car.

A Look at Edmunds’ Best Used Cars List

Edmunds narrows its focus to the used cars manufactured in the last seven years, as they’re the used cars most likely to have depreciated enough that their prices are advantageous for car shoppers while the vehicles themselves aren’t likely to have huge numbers of miles.

Edmunds breaks their list down into various used car categories, like Subcompact Sedan, Convertible, Luxury and Performance Car, the winners in each category being those Edmunds determined to rank the best for each of their ranking criteria.

So, for instance, the 2007-2011 Honda Fit was ranked the best used car in the Subcompact Sedan category because it offers the most space of all the subcompacts with the highest fuel economy, among other things. The Fit, like the other best used cars in their list, was evaluated first based on its consumer and other ratings to get an idea of how reliable it is. Then, consideration was given to the used car’s various safety test results and its market value. Finally, each of the used cars were judged on their availability with favour given to those that were more abundant rather than those more difficult to find.

Other notable best used car category winners were the 2007-2011 Ford Fusion for best Midsize Sedan, the 2006-2011 Volvo C70 won for best convertible, winning the best Midsize SUV/Crossover was the Toyota Highlander, while the 2006-2011 Honda Odyssey took first for best Minivan or Van. To see the rest of the results on Edmunds’ Best Used Cars list, click here.

The Best Used Cars Lists are Guides, Not Gospel

While Edmunds and others who put out best used cars lists are helpful to those getting ready to or currently shopping for their next used car, be flexible in what it is that you look at and test drive when you get to the dealership. Obviously, depending on the availability of a particular vehicle at a car dealership, one of the vehicles that won best used car for a particular category may not actually be your best option if it has more miles and in is in poorer condition than another car that didn’t win the top spot in its category. Time and time again, a used car that has a good consumer and safety rating, low-mileage and few previous owners, will likely be the best option. Don’t forget that your personal preferences for the way a used car looks and drives should also be taken into consideration when making your decision.

If you’re shopping for a used car, by all means take a look at the Edmunds Best Used Cars of 2013 list. At the very least, it will be a good place to get started familiarizing yourself with what’s out there and available. Just don’t undervalue your individual preferences and the condition of the vehicles that are available to you.

Also, don’t forget that Off Lease Only has the largest selection of used cars in Florida and that many of the vehicles in our inventory have been purchased off lease, meaning they have low-mileage and only one previous owner. Check out our selection and then come see us to determine what truly is the best used car for you.

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