In other parts of this series, we’ve argued that new cars are a waste of money while buying used means getting far more bang for your buck.

But here’s possibly the best reason of all to buy a used car: in many cases, older models are actually better than comparable new cars.

Really. Here’s why.

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In this series, our Used Car Editor explores the ups and downs of living with a cheap daily driver.

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Part 1: The Find

I’ll spare you the gory details, but suffice it to say that I recently found myself with a new 25-mile daily commute and no proper car to do it in. Plus I’d spent 99% of my money on a house remodel. No car and very little cash. What’s a fellow to do?

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