Look for Long-Term Value
"The best models that you can buy used have consistently high-rated reliability reports and will have better resale value," says Degen. Subaru, Honda, and many Toyota models have impressive resale value years down the line, while electric cars and trucks have a harder time bringing you money back. "A few years ago when gas was high, the Prius had a great resale value. Now that gas is lower, you can buy a Prius much cheaper than you could in 2010, but you're also going to be selling it much cheaper."