Most bad credit auto loans are in the $10,000 to $12,000 range, so we went looking for the best values in that price range. What follows are some suggestions as to where -- and how -- to look. At the end of the page, there's a link for specific recommendations on the best cars for bad credit customers.
• The grand-daddy of all consumer reporting, including cars, is Consumer Reports. They have an exceptional knowledge base on used cars in all kinds of price ranges. A subscription is required for the full details, and we can't quote their findings without their permission, but we sure can point you to their site, and to their page on best car deals right now.
• Speaking of overlooked vehicles, look for cars that are quite similar to more popular (and pricey) vehicles. We found a story on Edmunds.com, for instance, where an editor enamored with a Camry or an Accord found the Nissan Altima, Mazda 626 or Mitsubishi Galant to be quite comparable -- and thousands cheaper.
• Look for award-winning cars from a few years back that would have eased into this price range by now. You can find a year-by-year list of the The Motor Trend Car Of The Year at Wikipedia.com.
• J.D. Power publishes both an Initial Quality Study and a Vehicle Dependability Study. The Dependability Study looks at cars from three years earlier and is widely admired in the auto world.
So let's look at specifics on the best cars around $10,000. >>>