Originally Posted by Yachtzee
With the economy and the advent of the "certified used" programs and the markup that comes with the certification, used cars aren't necessarily the bargian they once were. If you can find out the financing options, rebates, factory to dealer incentives, and the like, most of which is available online, you can often get better deals on new cars than used. The manufacturers are doing everything they can to get new cars off the lot. Our last car we purchased new was actually cheaper than some of the same model used after all the deals were figured in. And because we went through the internet, they started negotiating at invoice and went down rather than starting at MSRP.
Most certified pre-owned cars I've looked at are ripoffs. Depending on the manufacturer, the prices on CPO's aren't much cheaper than buying new. I looked at one where the price of a 1 year old CPO, with 13k miles it on, it was only $2,000 cheaper than a brand new one. No joke.