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Car shopping in today’s landscape of used cars and trucks can be stressful and pricey. However, you can stack the deck in your favor by informing yourself and being prepared to negotiate. Still, there is an element to buying that you may not have considered: location. According to the latest data, the cheapest states and cities to buy a car could save you thousands. Check out five popular used vehicles that could be worthy of widening your search, like the Chevrolet Silverado 1500.

What used car is most in demand?

The used car with the highest demand isn’t a car at all; it’s a truck. The Ford F-150 is the most sought-after vehicle in the United States, followed by the Chevrolet Silverado and RAM 1500. 

Luckily for some potential buyers, iSeeCars’ latest data reports that buying one of these trucks in another city and state could save upwards of $7,800. Of course, you might have to travel to get savings like that. 

Which cars have the most significant savings?

A black GMC Sierra 1500 parks next to a used car lot complex.
A GMC Sierra | General Motors

While they have higher average starting prices than sensible sedans or even EVs like the Tesla Model 3, pickup trucks top the list of used cars with the most significant savings. Specifically, the RAM 1500 could save buyers nearly $8,000 from the priceiest to the cheapest cities. 

Make and modelCheapest metro areaAverage price Savings
RAM 1500Cleveland/Akron, Ohio$39,364$7,795
GMC Sierra 1500Cleveland/Akron, Ohio$44,208 $7,116
Ford F-150Columbus, Ohio$38,955$6,956
Toyota TacomaMiami/Ft. Lauderdale, Florida$32,373$6,794
Chevrolet Silverado 1500Miami/Ft. Lauderdale, Florida$36,523$6,097

Where is the cheapest place in the US to buy a car?

A four-door Chevrolet Silverado 1500 pickup truck boasts savings among used cars.
A Chevrolet Silverado | General Motors

RAM 1500 and Other Used Cars Got Much More Expensive During the Pandemic

The Cleveland-Akron metro area of Ohio is the cheapest city in the U.S. to buy a used car. As a result, Buckeyes from that area enjoy an average price 8.1% below the national average. Further, Cincinnati took the No. 2 spot, followed by Norfolk, Virginia. 

City and stateAverage used car price
Cleveland, Ohio$31,458
Cincinnati, Ohio$31,622
Norfolk, Virginia$31,901
Fresno, California$31,912
Orlando, Florida$31,971

Alone, these average prices may not mean too much to a potential buyer. However, iSeeCars reports that the average difference between the priciest and cheapest states and cities to buy used cars is $6,173. Given that the national average for all used vehicles is $34,227, $6,173 is a sizable difference for a prospective buyer. 

The priciest places in America to buy a used car or truck are less surprising. 

City and stateAverage used car price
West Palm Beach, Florida$37,632
Denver, Colorado$37,233
Austin, Texas$36,827
Seattle, Washington$36,593
Salt Lake City, Utah$36,356

As a result, shopping beyond your immediate area could save you money upfront. However, if you’re buying a car from across the country, you’ll have to factor in shipping or retrieval costs.

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