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Report: Used Cars To Avoid in Every State

According to vehicle research site, used car prices fell 3% in December 2022 compared to year-over-year data. But that hasn't been the case with all used cars; some of them have actually increased in price.

Money expert Clark Howard has historically advised car shoppers to opt for used vehicles over new ones because of the cost difference and value, but he's adjusted that stance due to the crazy vehicle market. analyzed more than 1.9 million used car sales to find those that have gone up in price. Those are the vehicles you want to avoid. Let’s have a look at the cars that cost more in each state:

State by State: These Used Vehicles Have Increased in Price

StateVehicle% IncreaseDollar Difference
AlabamaMitsubishi Mirage G4 23.0%$3,265
AlaskaToyota Camry5.2% $1,346
ArizonaLexus ES 300h26.5%$9,794
ArkansasChevrolet Corvette12.5%$9,313
CaliforniaPorsche 91124.8%$39,617
ColoradoMINI Cooper Clubman32.7%$8,018
ConnecticutAudi Q321.1%$5,930
DelawareLexus ES 35017.6%$5,958
FloridaChevrolet Bolt EV27.5%$6,104
GeorgiaLexus ES 300h28.7%$9,881
HawaiiNissan Rogue5.8%$1,603
IdahoFord Mustang11.5%$3,982
IllinoisPorsche 91137.3%$55,381
IndianaBMW 7 Series66.0%$39,335
IowaToyota RAV4 Hybrid12.4%$4,012
KansasToyota RAV4 Hybrid12.4%$4,297
KentuckyToyota RAV4 Hybrid17.4%$5,547
LouisianaAudi Q321.7%$6,336
MaineSubaru Impreza9.8%$2,035
MarylandNissan LEAF19.7%$4,718
MassachusettsChevrolet Bolt EV38.9%$7,904
MichiganChevrolet Bolt EV31.6%$6,465
MinnesotaToyota RAV4 Hybrid22.1%$6,753
MississippiAcura MDX8.8%$3,560
MissouriMitsubishi Mirage G415.5%$1,952
MontanaToyota Corolla8.9%$1,726
NebraskaHonda Civic11.3%$2,566
NevadaToyota RAV4 Hybrid11.8%$4,158
New HampshireToyota RAV4 Hybrid13.6%$4,424
New JerseyNissan LEAF33.2%$7,086
New MexicoHonda Civic7.9%$1,944
New YorkChevrolet Bolt EV32.0%$6,933
North CarolinaNissan LEAF$37.1$8,569
North DakotaCadillac Escalade11.8%$8,755
OhioChevrolet Bolt EV29.2%$6,285
OklahomaCadillac Escalade11.7%$9,010
OregonNissan LEAF33.2%$7,779
PennsylvaniaPorsche 91122.6%$33,266
Rhode IslandBMW 3 Series12.5%$4,167
South CarolinaLexus ES 35012.5%$4,478
South DakotaHonda Civic9.3%$2,004
TennesseeChevrolet Bolt EV32.8%$7,265
TexasNissan LEAF32.4%$6,940
UtahAudi Q318.8%$5,385
VermontToyota RAV4 Hybrid14.0%$4,336
VirginiaBMW 4 Series32.0%$10,485
WashingtonNissan LEAF32.5%$7,387
West VirginiaMercedes-Benz GLE11.0%$5,885
WisconsinChevrolet Bolt EV31.9%$7,183
WyomingToyota Camry6.8%$1,841

Is It Time To Buy a Used Car?

Although prices are slowly dropping for used cars, Clark says the best deals may be just ahead. He expects prices to gradually fall throughout 2023 and beyond.

That's why he wants you to hold tight on buying a used car right now as well as a new vehicle — if you can.

"The whole thing is going to come gradually, steadily back into equilibrium," says Clark. "That's why, unless you've got to get a vehicle now, don't!"

A better option for your wallet may be to fix whatever repairs your current vehicle needs. Read this simple auto maintenance schedule that you can follow!

Want more vehicle-buying insight? Read Clark’s thoughts on when car prices will go down.

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