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Mark Holthoff

Before joining Klipnik, Mark spent eight years at Edmunds.com developing and running their Live Advice and Consumer Reviews programs. His first car was a 1974 Triumph TR6 in Sapphire Blue, which he bought with his life savings of $2000 and kept running with a combination of spare change, duct tape and dumb luck.

How to Find a Good Auto Mechanic That You Can Trust

At Klipnik, we believe that buying a used car is one of the smartest — and easiest — ways to save money. It protects you from the #1 car ownership expense: depreciation. The trade off is that, in most cases, your used car purchase is no longer covered by a factory warranty. And that means you are stuck paying any repair bills out of your own pocket.

That may sound scary. But it doesn’t have to be. All you need is a knowledgeable mechanic that you can trust.

1995 Mercedes-Benz E300 Diesel with 98k Miles

For November 20, 2020, our used car find is this unusually clean 1995 Mercedes-Benz E300 Diesel sedan in handsome Midnight Blue factory paint and with just 98k miles from new. It’s offered on Autotrader by a private seller in the Washington D.C. area for $7900.

Here’s what makes this one special.

Nicely Optioned R50 Mini Cooper with 5-speed Manual

For October 22, 2020, our used car find is this unusually clean and well-specced 2005 Mini Cooper hatchback with a 5-speed manual gearbox and just two Pacific Northwest owners from new. It’s listed for sale on craigslist by a private seller in the Portland area for $5500.

Here’s what makes this one special.

SHO-down: 2 Generations of Ford’s Super Sleeper, the Taurus SHO

For October 10, 2020, our used car find is not one but two great-looking examples of Ford’s famous sleeper sedan, the Taurus SHO. One is a first-generation 1989 model year with a 5-speed manual transmission and 46k miles. The other comes from the second generation (1993) and features an automatic gearbox and just 41k miles.

Here’s what makes these cars special.

Deep Blue 2008 Volkswagen R32 with 56k Miles

For December 23, 2020, our used car find is this unusually clean and original Volkswagen R32 hot hatch with just 56k miles. It’s offered on craigslist by a private seller in the Portland area for $18,500.

Here’s what makes this one special.

2009 Hyundai Genesis 4.6 V8 with 52k Miles

For December 6, 2020, our used car find is this low-mile, one-owner 2009 Hyundai Genesis sedan with the optional 368 hp 4.6 liter V8 engine. It’s offered on craigslist by a private seller in the Sacramento area for $12,800.

Here’s what makes this one special.

Buying Guide: Toyota 4Runner 3rd Generation (1996-2002)

The Toyota 4Runner is a legendary rig. One of the last SUVs still made with rugged body-on-frame construction, it pairs off-road prowess with Toyota reliability and longevity. Indeed, iSeeCars ranked it as the longest-lasting midsize SUV in a recent study. As a result, it remains not only a top seller at dealerships, but used 4Runners also command significant demand and thus tend to retain their values surprisingly well.

Imola Red 2007 BMW Z4 M Coupe with 46k Miles

For November 29, 2020, our used car find is this low-mile 2007 BMW Z4 M Coupe in striking Imola Red with a matching interior. It’s offered on craigslist by a private seller in the Sacramento area for $34,950.

Here’s what makes this one special.

Low-mile NC Mazda MX-5 Miata with PRHT

For October 24, 2020, our used car find is this one-owner, 28k mile 2011 Mazda MX-5 Miata with the power-retractable hardtop (PRHT) and a 6-speed manual transmission. It’s listed on craigslist by a private seller in the Bay Area for $16,250.

Here’s what makes this car special.

Clean and Collectable: 2008 Volkswagen Golf R32

For October 14, 2020, our used car find is this unusually clean and original example of VW’s uber refined hot hatch, the Mk5 generation R32. It’s listed for sale on craigslist by a private seller in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, for $16,000.

Here’s what makes this one special.

1994 Honda Civic EX Coupe with 5-Speed Manual

For October 6, 2020, our used car find is this time-capsule 1994 Honda Civic EX coupe which looks like new inside and out despite 117k miles on the odometer. It’s listed for sale on craigslist by a private seller in the Portland area for $8750.

Here’s what makes this one special.