The Best Used Cars to Buy to Maximize Resale Value

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A car is not an investment. An investment, by definition, increases in value. A car is a necessary purchase, and it will never appreciate in value, with the possible exception of classics and antiques. So, as a used car buyer, you are not looking to make money – just minimize the amount of money you will inevitably use.

With that in mind, here are the five best used cars to buy in order to ensure maximum resale value.

  • Honda Civic: It would be difficult to find a better car in the compact class than the Honda Civic, when it comes to holding resale value. It has low gas mileage thanks to its EcoAssist feature, and it’s a nice-looking car – great lines, and looks a lot more expensive than it really is. You can count on good resale value with a new Honda Civic, as it is expected to retain approximately 57% of its value after three years of ownership, according to Kelley Blue Book.

  • Honda Accord: Honda once again delivers the goods. You might pay a bit more for a used Accord than you would for, say, a Toyota Camry, but you’ll make the money back when you trade it in. You’ll love features in newer models like the 8-inch display screen that delivers music information and incoming texts, and the rear-view camera is also convenient. You’ll appreciate all that the Accord has to offer, and so will its next owner. A new Accord has an estimated resale value of roughly 50%.

  • Lexus GS: In the luxury class, you won’t do better than the Lexus GS series. It features emergency and concierge services along with 24-hour live navigation, split-screen multimedia, and an interior that you could live in. It’s also visually stunning, with sleek, classic lines. You may never want to trade in this car, but if you do, you’ll be happy to know that the 2016 Lexus GS tops the luxury class with its 51% estimated resale value.

  • Jeep Wrangler: There’s nothing quite like a Wrangler. It features unique styling, and a robust V6 engine that really delivers when off-roading, driving in bad weather, or when you need a boost for passing, merging, or performing other maneuvers in traffic. After three years, a new Wrangler is expected to retain roughly 64% of its value.

  • Ford F-150: The F-150 is powerful and luxurious – no one does an interior quite like Ford, so you can ride in comfort while knowing that this truck will also deliver the towing capacity you need. The 2015 F-150 is expected to hold a whopping 65% of its value after three years. Best of luck finding one however – most people really like their F-150s, and tend to hold onto them. Of course, this makes them worth more and hints at their reliability.

If you’re looking for a great ride that will hold its value, consider the five above, as they are our top picks.


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Bernie

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Honda Accord - Brake Pads Replacement (Rear) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania
I specifically asked for Bernie to come back, since I was so pleased with the work he did on our other car. This time I got to meet Bernie personally. He is a kind family-man who exhibited the quiet confidence of someone you would expect with the 50 years of automotive experience that he has. I felt very comfortable giving him the key to my car. Two of my kids (ages two and four) came out to greet him, since they remembered him from his first visit. Bernie is great around kids and was very kind to my two-year old son who was trying to "help" Bernie do his job. Thanks again, Bernie!
Honda Odyssey - Brake Pads Replacement (Front, Rear) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania
I was very pleased with Bernie's work, professionalism, and courteousness. Best brake job I have ever had, and I have had many done (and several done myself, but not on this vehicle). This was a maintenance appointment -- not a repair of something broken -- so I was surprised when the brakes felt so much better after Bernie did the work. You can really see the care he took with our vehicle when I examined everything after he was finished. Thanks, Bernie!

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Hyundai Sonata - Brake Pads Replacement (Front, Rear) - Sacramento, California
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Toyota RAV4 - Brake Pads Replacement (Rear) - Conroe, Texas
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BMW Z4 - Brake Pads Replacement (Rear) - Phoenix, Arizona
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