AutoRemarketing.com, which could be considered the New York Times of the used car industry, has released its November list of the most popular used cars - and unlike a recent list about popular certified pre-owned cars last month - it's a solid list of used cars.
AutoRemarketing.com works with KBB.com, one of the leading information sites for both new and used cars. KBB.com compiled the list for AutoRemarketing.com based on the most researched used vehicles. Topping the list was the Honda Accord.
That points to an interesting trend in used cars (in my humble opinion). Folks want bigger, dependable used cars and the Honda Accord hits that need on all levels. Used car buyers aren't turning towards small, fuel-efficient used cars. Sure, the Honda Civic is in the No. 2 position and the Toyota Corolla is in the No. 5 position, but neither are the smallest in their respective carmakers' lineup. That would fall to the Honda Fit and the Toyota Yaris respectively.
The complete Top 25 for the used-car side is below, as provided by KBB:
- Honda Accord
- Honda Civic
- Toyota Camry
- Ford F-150
- Toyota Corolla
- BMW 3 Series
- Nissan Altima
- Chevrolet Silverado 1500
- Ford F-250/F-350/F-450 Super Duty
- Ford Mustang
- Jeep Wrangler
- Jeep Grand Cherokee
- Volkswagen Jetta
- Toyota Tacoma
- Honda CR-V
- Ford Focus
- Ram 1500
- Ford Explorer
- Ford Ranger
- Ford Escape
- Chevrolet Impala
- Honda Odyssey
- Nissan Maxima
- Ford Taurus
- Ram 2500/3500
There's one used car on the list worth focusing on: the Chevrolet Impala. I'm sensing a bit of a comeback for this full-size used car because Chevrolet is investing a lot of money in the 2014 Chevrolet Impala. Now, the new and used Impala models are going to be as different as night and day but Chevrolet is going to be marketing the new one.
Heavy marketing for a new car increases curiosity in the similar used model. According to Consumer Reports, the 2011 Impala was a good model year but it recommends staying away from prior years. Bluntly spoken, this is not going to be a good used car for consideration - but some people might think it is.
The value of lists like these is they show two things: popular used cars and non-popular used cars. Got your heart set on one of the used cars on this list? You're going to have to act fast when you see one listed to get to it.
There are different things you can do to get to the front of the line. See if the used car shopping site you prefer will send you alerts for new postings specific to the used car you want to buy. If the site doesn't, experiment with setting up a Google alert using the key words, for example, 2009 Honda Accord for sale. You can set it up for daily alerts so your inbox doesn't get overwhelmed. Also, add your state into the keywords so you're not getting hit with listings for Iowa if you live in Maine.
Keep in mind you are probably going to have to pay list for any car on this list. You're not going to be able to haggle that much because used car dealers are going to know there are other customers willing to step in and buy the cars.
Having said that, it doesn't mean you should ever feel pressured to buy a used car, especially if you have any questions about it. An aggressive salesperson may try to force you to buy a used car, such as the popular ones on this list, without doing things like getting a pre-purchase inspection done or even having a vehicle history report pulled. You, as the customer, have the right to walk away from any used car purchase before the papers are signed and deposits are made.
Sure, you might lose a particular used car, but there is no shortage of good used cars on the market. (Anybody who tells you otherwise is wrong.) Walking away from a used car is not the end of the world.
OK, so at the top of this article there was a reference to the top 10 hard-to-find certified pre-owned list. That was the bizarre list because it included certified pre-owned Hummer H2s. How many of those could possibly be sold in the U.S. in the last year? 20? Could there even be any left to certify? And who certifies them? After all there are no Hummer dealerships any more. Just wondering.