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Best used cars to buy now

Bag a used car bargain as our ultimate buying guide identifies the Used Cars of the Year winners – the best used cars to buy now

Spend wisely and a used buy can be a great way to cut down motoring costs – especially with second-hand hybrid, plug-in and electric models becoming more affordable. However, it can also be a smart way to pick up a cheap city car, something sporty or luxurious, or practical family transport.

Our guide to the best used cars to buy walks you through what’s on offer in every class, with a winner that we think is worth it, as well as a commended choice worthy of your attention and something left-field if you’re feeling adventurous.

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• Auto Express Used Car Guide

You can pick up a lightly used model for thousands less than the list price here. We’ve got something for every budget in our round-up, with a chosen specification and a projection of what you should expect to pay. 

How we worked out cost

We’ve also included how much you can expect to pay on finance with deals from our sister site, BuyaCar.co.uk. All our offers are based on a 10 per cent deposit over three years with an annual limit of 8,000 miles. Cars more than five years old aren’t eligible for PCP, but lease deals on such models can still make sense.

Click the links below or at the top left of this page to explore our 2018 Used Car Awards in more detail. Happy bargain hunting!

Best used cars to buy - Used Car Awards winners

Video: ultimate guide to buying a used car

• How to reject a used car

What's the best used car you've ever bought? tell us about it in the comments...

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