Where to go for the cheapest used cars

Published: Friday, Feb. 15 2013 10:50 a.m. MST

In this April 20, 2011, photo, Jeremy Barnes poses in front of the 2007 Honda he is selling near his home in Greensboro, N.C. With used-car prices at 16-year highs, and a child on the way for him and his wife, Barnes is hoping to sell the car for a good price and most likely spend more on a new car.

Chuck Burton, AP

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SALT LAKE CITY — Aside from being home to palm trees and beaches, Miami is also the cheapest place to buy a used car, according to Car Gurus.

Cars are 6.6 percent less expensive on average in Miami than they are nationwide.

“Prices can vary substantially from city to city, and depending on where you live, it may pay to look beyond your ZIP code to find greater savings,” said Langley Steinert, founder and CEO of CarGurus, in a release. “At a minimum, understanding how an individual car listing compares to similar listings in the same market will help any car shopper make more informed, confident purchase decisions.”

Other affordable cities include Cleveland, Ohio; Rochester, N.Y., Detroit, Mich.; Stamford, Conn.; Akron, Ohio; Buffalo, N.Y.; Toledo, Ohio; New York City, N.Y.; and Minneapolis, Minn.

Among the cities most expensive, Jackson, Mo., was the priciest place to buy a car. In Jackson it is 9 percent more expensive to buy a car than the national average.

Along with Jackson, Seattle, Wash.; Montgomery, Wash.; Little Rock, Ark.; and Knoxville, Tenn., are the five most expensive cities to make a car purchase.

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