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It’s not easy to buy a new car right now. The cost of new SUVs and cars is way up and even the price of used vehicles has skyrocketed. So what can you do if you need a new SUV or car and you can’t afford or don’t want to pay the exorbitant cost of the vehicles near you? You might be willing to drive a considerable distance to save some money on a new car. For example, buying a used Nissan Rogue in Texas instead of in Alaska will save you at least $10,000. Is it worth it? And what’s the cheapest state to buy a used SUV?

2022 Nissan Rogue in gold
2022 Nissan Rogue | Nissan

You can save a lot of money if you buy an SUV in the cheapest state

If you’re looking for a used SUV, you may be tempted to travel a considerable distance to save some money. That may not be such a bad idea, especially right now. According to iSeeCars, you can save a ton of money just by doing that. Karl Brauer, iSeeCars Executive Analyst, says that “When looking at the most popular cars on the market, used car prices can vary by as much as $14,166 between cities.”

In fact, even flying to pick up an SUV with a good deal may be worth it, even when you take into account things like plane tickets and hotel rooms. Brauer says, “even after purchasing a plane ticket or taking a road trip, consumers may find traveling to buy a used car in another state to be worth it for significant savings.”

You’ll save the most money by buying the Nissan Rogue in Texas

If you’re in the market for a Nissan Rogue, the cheapest state to buy this particular SUV is Texas – San Antonio, specifically. The most expensive city and state is Fairbanks, Alaska. The difference in price between these two cities is pretty high at $10,738 or 32.4%.

Technically you’ll save the most money by buying a used Ford F-150 in Zanesville, Ohio instead of Glendive, Montana. It’s a difference of $14,166 or 26.8% to buy this truck in Ohio instead of Montana. That’s a pretty considerable chunk of change.

The Subaru Forester may make the most sense to travel to buy

You’ll save $8,000 by buying the Subaru Forester in Duluth, Minnesota instead of Columbus-Tupelo-West Point, Mississippi. iSeeCars points out that it would take only 17 hours to travel between these two cities. This provides the greatest cost savings for the shortest travel distance. Even with travel expenses, it just might be worth it to make the trip to buy your new used SUV in the cheapest state possible.

If you’re looking to save money on your next used SUV purchase, you just might want to buy it in one of the cheapest states. Even if you have to travel to do so, you can save a good amount of money that just might make it worth it. And with car prices unlikely to come down too much over the next few months, it becomes even more of a good idea.


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