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What Are the Most Popular Cars On the Resale Market?

Marc Skirvin
Marc Skirvin

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The used car market is a booming industry. In the third quarter of 2018, buyers purchased 10.2 million used cars in the U.S. 

Whether you are trying to sell your own car or you’re looking for a “new” used car for yourself, it’s worth knowing which used cars are the best for resale or purchase. 

Here’s a look at some of the most popular cars on the used car market. 

For Fuel Efficiency

If you’re in the market for the most fuel efficient used cars and SUVs, check out these options. 

The 2016 Toyota Prius ranks as one of the best small cars with high mileage per gallon. It’s also quiet and handles well. 

But what you gain in fuel efficiency with this version of the Prius, you lose a little in speed and power. If it’s important to you to go 0-60 mph quickly while also saving money on gas, the 2016 Prius probably isn’t your best bet for a used car. 

You might do better with a little more size and power. Consider the fuel-efficient 2016 Toyota RAV4 Hybrid.

The 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine gives you enough power to feel like you’re accelerating quickly. Plus, with the two electric motors, you’ll enjoy savings at the gas pump. 

For the Sports Car Enthusiast

Do you have a need for speed? You don’t need a brand new shiny sports car to feed your need. 

Used Ford Mustangs and Chevy Camaros top the list of most popular sports cars on the resale market.

Older models of these cars are always in style. If you have the money, invest in a classic Mustang or Camaro to add to your collection. 

If you prefer something a little more modern with all the bells and whistles, the 2005-2011 models remain some of the most popular and stylish. 

For the Trucker

When you need a solid work truck or just something big to own the road, a used pick-up truck is your perfect vehicle. 

Brand new trucks can be expensive. Save some money on a hefty pick-up when you go for a used vehicle. 

The Ford F-150 XLT is your best bet for a reliable, popular used truck. This truck comes with lots of towing power and options from standard to extended cab for extra interior space. 

For even more power, find a model with a V-8 engine. Keep in mind; you’ll be spending more at the pump with the bigger engine. 

If Ford isn’t your thing, the Dodge Ram 1500 also ranks high in popularity among used trucks. This pickup rides smooth and also comes with plenty of power. 

With used trucks, you get more bang for your buck. Treat yourself to some interior upgrades while still maintaining your ruggedly handsome exterior. 

For the Space Saver

If you’re short on space, there are plenty of small, compact used car options to fit your lifestyle. 

There’s a reason you continue seeing older model Nissan Sentras on the road. It’s one of the most popular and longest-lasting small cars you can buy. 

It’s quick, sporty, and easy on the gas. The Sentra is also small enough for most garages with room to spare. If you don’t have a garage, it’s nimble enough to park along the curb with ease. 

Find a recent model used Nissan Sentra with modern conveniences. It’s an investment that will keep you on the road for many years to come. 

For the Family Driver

The minivan gets a bad wrap as the ultimate “mom car.” But for some families, it’s a necessity for hauling kids, pets, and equipment around town. 

It’s not every parent’s dream daily driver. So, there’s no need to spend more than you need to on a dependable minivan during the kid-carrying years. 

The 2014 Chrysler Town and Country is one of the best used minivans on the market. It will get you through long days of carpools and soccer tournaments with just enough comfort and convenience.

A used minivan is a wise choice. Save your money for the vehicle you want after you no longer need the grocery hauler for the kids. 

For the SUV Lover

If you just can’t do the minivan life, there are plenty of used SUVs to help you feel a little more “in-style” while doing the parenting thing. 

Whether you’ve got kids or not, SUVs continue to be some of the most popular vehicles on the road. 

The Jeep Grand Cherokee is one of the best SUVs on the road. Find a recent model used Grand Cherokee with a few upgrades, and you’ll have a reliable and stylish SUV. 

Plus, the Grand Cherokee works well both on and off the road. Use it to get around town. Then take it off the beaten path on the weekends for a little fun. 

For Your Teen Driver

When the kids are old enough to drive, make sure they have a reliable car. 

A used Toyota Camry might not be their dream car. But it fits the bill for good gas mileage and reliability. 

Choose a recent model to make sure they have hands-free driving and plenty of safety features to keep them safer on the road. 

For the Lap of Luxury 

Who says you have to pay more for luxury? Used luxury vehicles are a great way to drive in style without breaking the bank. 

Luxury never goes out of style. The BMW 328 is one of the most stylish and popular luxury cars whizzing by you on the road today. 

If BMW doesn’t make you swoon, try the Mercedes-Benz C300. The 2012-2013 models have that sleek Mercedes styling with all the bells and whistles–both inside and out. 

Used Cars Can Be The Most Popular Cars

When it comes to the most popular cars, many people buy used cars to get what they want. Shopped used cars to save money and drive the car of your dreams. 

If you’re short on money for that downpayment, we can help you sell your car. Click here to see how easy it is to sell your old car to us to help you get into your next vehicle faster. 

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About the Author


Marc is the Co-Founder of Cash Auto Salvage and Director of daily operations. He retired from a leading Internet Marketing company in 2013 and has been involved in the automotive industry ever since.

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