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Used car prices can vary greatly depending on location ... Used car prices can vary greatly depending on location (Getty Images).
The farther west you shop, the more expensive it is to score a used car, according to a new study from CarGurus.

The study examined how local market conditions affect used car prices. The most affordable areas to buy were located in the eastern portion of the U.S., including cities such as Miami, Cleveland and New York City, where used cars sell for up to eight percent below the national average. Conversely, the more expensive cities were located farther west, with Seattle, Fresno and El Paso seeing used cars sell for up to 7.85 percent above average.

"Where you shop for your car can make a big difference in the prices you'll find, so if you are motivated to save money, it's worth looking beyond your local area," said Langley Steinert, founder and CEO of CarGurus.

Online used car shopping services like eBay and AOL Autos make this easy to do, allowing consumers to search for used cars outside of their own geographic location, and then pick them up or have them shipped. Thus, if you're looking for a good deal, it's worth exploring listings in some of the cities CarGurus found to be the most affordable.

Here are the top 10 cheapest cities to buy a used car:

1. Miami, Florida

2. Cleveland, Ohio

3. New York, New York

4. Stamford, Connecticut

5. Akron, Ohio

6. Detroit, Michigan

7. Hartford, Connecticut

8. Providence, Rhode Island

9. Boston, Massachusetts

10. Worcester, Massachusetts

And here are the top ten most expensive:

1. Fresno, California

2. Seattle, Washington

3. El Paso, Texas

4. Albuquerque, New Mexico

5. Jackson, Mississippi

6. Bakersfield, California

7. Reno, Nevada

8. Little Rock, Arkansas

9. Mobile, Alabama

10. Wichita, Kansas



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      shiloh1388
      • 5 Months Ago
      I agree that used cars in Wichita, Kansas tend to be expensive. Also, new car ]prices in the DC area tend to be not bad, as everyone hates driving there, and the municipalities make it their business to harass the new car owner. Virginia personal property tax is bad, and insurance in DC is really bad, plus no place to park. I have my doubts that used cars in NYC are a good deal, because the roads are so bad. Shotzo the crappy suspension and brakes, even with 25K on the baby.
        shiloh1388
        • 1 Month Ago
        @shiloh1388

        The way Northern Virginia and DC deal with the awful and troubled repair of their roads, and the damage it does to cars, is to require yearly "safety" inspections, mainly a boon to sharpshooters in the "minor car repairs" business.  I recently spent $380 to have the horn and one of the two back up lights repaired, to obtain the required safety inspection sticker. Using your horn in an unsafe situation inside the Beltway is actually likely to result in road rage from the other drivers.  Deporting 90% or more of the drivers in the DC area, including the Secret Service, Romeo's housekeeping service, and GS 12s and above who work a rowdy two or three hours a week, for forty hours pay, is also a top priority.  Happy New Year, 2015!

      Rick
      • 6 Months Ago
      Does this seem to follow flood damaged cars?
      Dorth
      • 6 Months Ago
      YOU HAVE THAT RIGHT. UP NORTH ALL YOU GET IS "RUST BUCKETS" FROM ALL OF THE SALT THEY USE ON THE ROADS. I AM FROM THE NORTH AND I KNOW WHAT I AM TALKING ABOUT. IF YOU CAN'T BUY A NEW ONE UP NORTH, HANG ON TO WHAT YOU HAVE, IF YOU CAN, BECAUSE OF THE RUST! I GOT A CAR IN FLORIDA LAST YEAR AND RIGHT AWAY WHEN I HAD AN OIL CHANGE, THEY KNEW THE CAR WAS FROM THE SOUTH BECAUSE IT DIDN'T HAVE ANY RUST ON THE BOTTOM OF IT. SO DO LIKE I SAY, BELIEVE ME!
      rb
      • 6 Months Ago
      I was shopping for a specific used car in the upstate of S.C. In this area the best price I could find was 18K. I went to a small town near Winston-Salem NC and picked one up for $14,200.00. Used cars in this area are all priced very high. The, of course, the new car dealers will run ads for a new car at a very low price, but when you get there, that price was for one specific car that's already been sold...nevermind that the have ran the same ad on tv for the past month with a disclaimer at the bottom of the screen so small you would need a magnifying glass to read it on a 60" screen.
      Tom
      • 6 Months Ago
      The top cities are up north! Land of the rust buckets! A rusted car should be cheap. Endless problems. I would rather drive a high mile clean southern car.
        paumanok2
        • 6 Months Ago
        @Tom
        Your comment reflects, your (a) a Southerner, and (b) never been to- and know jack about the North.
        paumanok2
        • 6 Months Ago
        @Tom
        Additionally, the # 1 TOP city is the one FURTHEST SOUTH of ALL, so again, you demonstrated Southern ignorance, and such demonstrations only further support us yankee presumptions of all ya all.
      ff_toyota
      • 24 Days Ago

      Would love to know where Knoxville falls on this list.

      mhurd72992
      • 6 Months Ago
      rust is a pretty big problem in NH and MA so it does make sense that a used car costs less, because it was used harder in a sense.
      MUNDAY72
      • 6 Months Ago
      Weather Plays A Very Important Factor Here.
        shiloh1388
        • 5 Months Ago
        @MUNDAY72
        True, true. weather. Western cars from Arizona and New Mexico used to get a good review, but Arizona is just too hot now, so a stressed out cooling system is a very good bet. Rust is less in the west, but high altitude cars are famous for Rocky Mountain crazies driving them.
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