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We've spent some long hours looking through some used car listings to find you some real winners. These gems are good deals, that just might be what you are looking for.
2001 Dodge Dakota used carEnlarge Photo
122,429 miles; $7,995
It's still winter in the snow belt states, and this truck has four-wheel drive that will get you through the worst that mother nature throws at you. It features a 4.7-liter V-8 which should tow any snowmobile you might have. This particular Dakota is a one-owner vehicle and has an accident-free history. It's been on the market for a month and a half, so you might have some negotiating power. Besides, who doesn't like a flame red pickup truck with a V-8 engine? [See more used Dodge Dakotas]
1990 Mazda Miata used carEnlarge Photo
50,710 miles; $6,972
And while it still may be winter in the midwest, spring is quickly approaching. So what better time to buy a nice convertible? This 1990 Mazda Miata with a hardtop would definitely fit the bill. This particular car has just under 51,000 miles, which tells us it wasn't driven that much over the last 23 years. Maybe the owner didn't drive it in the snow, which alleviates rust concerns. It has a manual transmission and a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine. The first-generation Miata is a hoot to drive, and for just under $7,000, it would be a fun daily driver. [See more used Mazda Miatas]
2006 Toyota Matrix used carEnlarge Photo
97,418 miles; $7,695
The Toyota Matrix is known to be versatile and reliable. This one is front-wheel drive, but some did feature all-wheel drive. It's a four-cylinder that gets good fuel economy, and this one just passed Pennsylvania emissions. If you don't know how to drive a manual transmission, this might not be the car for you, or maybe it's the exact car for you to learn on. [See more used Toyota Matrixes]
1999 Honda Odyssey used carEnlarge Photo
107,633 miles; $7,495
Need to buy a used family hauler? This used Honda Odyssey is less than $7,500 and features leather seats, alloy wheels, and a V-6 engine. Overall Odyssey's are known to be reliable, but some of this vintage had transmission issues, so be sure to have that particular item checked before writing that check. This one's been on the market less than a month, so negotiating a price drop may not happen, but the price is already reasonable. [See more used Honda Odysseys]
2006 Hyundai Sonata used carEnlarge Photo
110.941 miles, $7,895
This Sonata has a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine and an automatic transmission. This combination should net you reasonable fuel economy and will likely be reliable as a daily driver. We also note this Sonata features alloy wheels and fog lights. The interior appears to be clean, and the paint looks shiny. It's been for sale 12 days, so you might not be able to negotiate much on the price, but at under $8,000, it's hard to argue with this deal. [See more used Hyundai Sonatas]
As always, we highly recommend you have a trusted mechanic perform a pre-purchase inspection on any used vehicle before you write a check. It's also a good idea to ask the dealership for the Carfax report.