Let’s face it: most car shoppers dread the dealership experience. A recent Autotrader study found that fully 99% of shoppers want to see major changes in the dealership sales process. Of course, not all car dealers are bad; some take customer satisfaction quite seriously, earning high marks and repeat business. Nevertheless, dissatisfaction and distrust have long been predominant themes.

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In response, third-parties like TrueCar and Edmunds have taken root, aiming to improve the experience by offering consumers insider advice and information as well as member perks like guaranteed discounts. More recently, startups like Beepi and Shift have entered the scene with visions of reinventing the entire dealership sales process.

These changes are admirable and welcome. However, one thing that seems to have been overlooked is the fact that, to buy a car, you don’t actually need a dealership at all.

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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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Buying a used car makes a ton of sense financially, but shopping for a used car can be daunting, especially if you aren’t overly familiar with the process or the market. And the truth is, when you’re buying a used car, a lot can go wrong.

There is plenty of good advice out there already, but here are a few common pitfalls that you might not know about.

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Klipnik is community of enthusiasts whose mission is to help people find the best stuff for sale — and for the best prices.

If you’re shopping for a used car and want to avoid making a costly mistake, you’ve come to the right place.

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Okay, let’s say you’re in the market for a car, but you don’t really care too much about saving money. You just want to spend a certain amount on the best thing you can get. Should you still buy used?

Hell yes! Why? Because buying used instead of new gets you WAY more car for your money.

For example, if you have $15,000 to work with, there actually are some decent new car options out there. One is the 2016 Ford Fiesta, recently named by KBB.com as one of the coolest new cars available for under $18,000.

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Not bad. But if you go for a used car instead, that same money gets you behind the wheel of something much more interesting.

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