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The instant you drive your new car off the dealer’s lot, it loses value. Now, if you plan to keep it for more than just a few years, buying new may be a sound financial decision. But if you’re on a tight budget, a used car with relatively few miles and in good shape can often save you a significant amount of money.

Used car buys to consider this year

Here’s a look at some used car buys for 2014 for under $8,000, according to Kelley Blue Book. KBB consumer ratings and gas mileage estimates are provided.

Vehicle KBB Consumer Rating MPG – City/HWY
2005 Toyota Camry 9.2 21/31
2005 Honda Pilot 9.2 15/20
2004 Toyota Prius 9.2 48/45
2005 Honda Accord 9.1 23/31
2007 Mazda3 9.1 24/32
2007 Honda Civic 8.7 26/36
2007 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 8.7 15/20
2007 Ford Escape 8.4 21/27
2005 Volvo S60 8.3 19/27
2011 Hyundai Accent 8.2 28/34

Follow these tips to save even more

These cars offer a good bang for the buck, but you may get to keep more of your money by following some practical tips at the dealership. First, don’t fall in love with any car. Expressing emotional attachment to any vehicle can compromise your ability to negotiate. Practice your poker face.

And secondly, try to avoid negotiating under pressure. Expect some back and forth negotiation. If you’re not able to settle on a price you believe is fair and you can afford, consider walking away. The used car market is big – as you can see, there are plenty of great options available.

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