The Car Connection's Best Used Car Finds For September 21, 2012

September 21, 2012

It's the weekend again--and that means time to find your next car. You've studied new-car prices through The Car Connection's reviews and information tools, but used cars are more in your wheelhouse this time.

You're in luck with The Car Connection's new used-car listings. With more than 3 million entries and easy-to-use sliders, we think it's an easy way to find the right car, truck or crossover near your for this weekend's test drives.

Each week, we sift through the listings to find examples of great used cars you can find here at The Car Connection. Once again, our writers have scoured some random zip codes for solid used-car values you might have missed. This week? We look all around towns with "Junction" in the name, within a 200-mile radius, for the best vehicle we can find that's priced under $10,000.

We'll also do these searches for you, if you want. For free advice on used cars, you can contact us via Facebook or Twitter, and we'll include you in our weekly scans of the listings. Just make sure you give us the zip code, the body style, and any details that might help us narrow down your choices. We'll publish the results here along with some of our personal favorites.

This week's used-car finds cover the gamut from best sellers to a couple of cult classics:

SUVs: 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee
50,979 miles; $9,996
Grand Junction, Colorado 81505

I found a 2004 Jeep Grand Cherokee with just 50,979 miles. It has a 4.0-liter in-line six-cylinder engine, adaptive air ride suspension, navigation, leather interior, and rear-seat audio controls. At $9,996 it's a low-mileage deal on a well-equipped, capable SUV. For the more adventurous (or those with a healthy repair budget), this $9,995 2001 Land Rover Discovery is in great cosmetic shape and has just 59,742 miles on the clock--but when it breaks (and it will), be prepared to fork over the cash.--Nelson Ireson.  (See more Used Jeep Cherokees).

2003 Honda Pilot used car

2003 Honda Pilot used car

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Crossovers: 2003 Honda Pilot
146,802 miles; $8,693
Yeehaw Junction, Florida  34743

Shopping for a budget-priced crossover within 50 miles of Yeehaw Junction, Florida (zip code 34743), The Car Connection’s used car listings came across this 2003 Honda Pilot. While some may view the 146,802 miles accumulated as high, we see that as “just about broken in” for Honda’s 3.5-liter V-6. The selling dealer claims the crossover has a clean Carfax report, which should mean that all the body panels are straight and likely original. Even the leather upholstery appears to be in better-than-average condition, telling us that this Honda Pilot was well cared for throughout its life. It’s been on the market for 36 days, a sign that the dealer is open to offers below its $8,693 listing price. As long as the Honda checked out in person and ran well, we’d have no trouble recommending this particular example.--Kurt Ernst.  (See more used Honda Pilots)

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