When purchasing a car, you may think that buying a clean used car instead of springing for the shiny new one is better for your bank account. But is buying a used car always cheaper than buying a new vehicle? In most typical economic climates, the answer is a resounding "yes." But as always, there can be exceptions. Deals on some new cars are so generous they actually make a new car less expensive than both a one-year-old used and certified pre-owned version of the same model. To crunch the numbers, CNNMoney looked at current deals for a few popular 2012-model-year sedans and SUVs and compared them to the used-car pricing for the same model from 2010 and 2008. In some cases, with a slight increase in monthly payment, you can get a new car without the used car mileage and with a full manufacturer's warranty. And, with more affordable car options, many loan providers will work with you to find a low monthly payment.
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