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10 Best used cars for families on a budget

Published: Friday, April 5 2013 9:02 a.m. MDT

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Average price buying from dealer: $12,625

Manufacturers suggested retail price: $20,470

Drop in retail value: 38 percent

This Mazda is liked for its sporty driving dynamics, styling and expansive room. The base engine is slightly underpowered and doesn't have great fuel economy, according to U.S. News.
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luv2organize
Gainesville, VA

I guess the moral of the story is to wait and buy used. Never buy new because within just a few short years the value drops 50%! The car you can afford is the car you can buy with cash!

utah cornhusker
NORFOLK, NE

Surprised that Chevy impala didn't make it. We have a 2012 and just love it. It's a very reliable car.

BYR
Woods Cross, UT

or, put another way, if you want to purchase your car and keep it as long as you can, as I do, do not buy a car on this list. I have to ask why so many Mazada's on this list? Why do people drop them after only five years? Why does the value drop so much? Is it more than supply and demand?

m.g. scott
clearfield, UT

Sure glad the 2008 Toyota Camre LE was on the list because that's exactly what I drive. Bought it new and now with over 80 thousand miles, it has not had any major problems.

Midwest Mom
Soldiers Grove, WI

Not sure who made this list, but they sure seem to be overlooking some homemade bargains. The Ford Fiesta retains much more of it's value than the cars listed, yet still can be purchased new at under $15K, for some models. In addition, the over 40 mpg is what burdens most family budgets even more than the fixed payment price. We still have 2 kids at home and we drive compact cars for everything, except hauling big items, with our truck. Sure, we miss the mini-van for road trips, but we don't miss it when we're parking, or filling up the tank.

george of the jungle
goshen, UT

I would love to have a new car. I think when you buy a user car, your buying someone else s problems There is 3 types of antifreeze, regular green the oat red when mixed with green will make sludge in the radiator than there is the hybrid oat red. that has silicone, when mixed with any of the others, the silicone will act like sand blasting the water pump and radiator. how many people knows what type of antifreeze goes in their car.

JSB
Sugar City, ID

I guess I'm really super cheap or just lucky,but I've had reliable cars all my adult life. I've had to look around carefully and my cars aren't something the neighbors would envy, but I've never paid more than $3,500 for a car and never made a car payment. If I couldn't pay cash, I wouldn't buy it. I'm now driving a 2001 Suzuki XL7 with 166,000 miles and it runs great. Also, with a car that cheap, you don't have to get collision insurance which is a money saver. Sometimes I'm guilty of coveting but it goes away fast when I think of the thousands of dollars I've saved over the past 45 years.

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