Get Your Car on the Cheap

Want to spend less on transportation? Step 1 is a car that’s used, but not used up.

Photo of used car buyers
(Image credit: Courtesy Steven Lang)

Enough about new and nearly new cars, some of you have told us. Stop goading people to waste money on fancy sheet metal. This advice is usually followed by a few lines about how you’ve gotten 10 years and 200,000-plus miles out of your Chrysler Town & Country or Toyota Avalon.

Your thrift is admirable. We’ll discuss how people can emulate it to get wheels for less. But first, a bit of defense for those snapping up late-model cars: What might look like the profligate pursuit of flash might instead be putting safety first. Although different models’ safety-test results vary (and size still counts), newer is generally safer.

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David Muhlbaum
Former Senior Online Editor

In his former role as Senior Online Editor, David edited and wrote a wide range of content for With more than 20 years of experience with Kiplinger, David worked on numerous Kiplinger publications, including The Kiplinger Letter and Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine. He co-hosted  Your Money's Worth, Kiplinger's podcast and helped develop the Economic Forecasts feature.