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Old 06-10-2011, 12:06 PM
 
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Default Cheapest used vehicle location in US?

I'm wondering if there is a consensus on this forum as to where (and why) in the US are the top two or three city/state areas to purchase the cheapest used cars, light trucks and motorbikes.
Thanks, toddco.
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Old 06-10-2011, 01:57 PM
 
Location: Maryland
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In my travels, I see Northern Indiana and Michigan used cars being unusually cheap. I think it's because of the high unemployment there. Also West Virginia. If that's the case, I'd be looking at Nevada too, but I haven't been there in awhile and wouldn't know first-hand of their market. Actually, I think used cars are getting to be hot items because of the new cars' astronomical prices. I paid more for my 2011 pick-up truck then I did my first 3 houses combined.
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Old 06-10-2011, 02:08 PM
 
Location: Eastern Washington
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Depends on what you mean by "cheap" - late models will go down in price faster in the upper midwest because they don't call it the "rust belt" for nothing. So a 5 year old whatever will be cheaper there, but in worse shape as well, compared to something from the South or West.

You can frequently find more usable older vehicles in the South and West, example, my 82 Scirocco, bought in 1992 with a new clutch, new rings & bearings in the engine, new but crummy brake pads and shoes, new but damned awful Firestones all round - $1000. 150K+ miles later, I am still driving it. I have cleaned up a lot of details on the car, but whatever. I see a 92 Mazda MX-6 for sale locally, claimed cold air, few scrathes but good interior, apparently a decent car, for $1500.

If you can find a car from around Las Vegas, or if you want to go shop there, you might find good prices due to financial distress, but from a non-rusting climate.

Did I mention, rust never sleeps?
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Old 06-11-2011, 11:24 AM
 
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If you can find a car from around Las Vegas, or if you want to go shop there, you might find good prices due to financial distress, but from a non-rusting climate.
One advantage of buying in Las Vegas and Florida is a constant supply of rental cars off lease in the area. There is a steady supply of late model used cars.
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Old 06-11-2011, 03:49 PM
 
Location: north of Windsor, ON
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I noticed in the Las Vegas paper a couple of years ago one year old Chevy HHRs were about $2000 less than in metro Detroit. Ex-rentals for sure, but the ones in MI likely were as well. I remember seeing cheap V6 Mustangs as well. I've also noticed better prices in the sunbelt for foreign cars, possibly because they're less common here, and a good percentage of the locals would rather push a GM than drive a Toyota.
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Old 06-11-2011, 06:16 PM
 
Location: Columbia, California
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The most reasonable used cars in CA is in San Jose.
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