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Top 10 Places to Buy a Used Car

That said, there are still some places where a used car is a great deal. CarGurus, for instance, used its Instant Market Value algorithm to determine used car values in 139 metro and rural areas across the country. It ranked the largest metro areas in the contiguous United States according to how prices in that market compare with the nationwide average.

According to their findings, a car buyer paying 0.4% more than the national average for a car in Harrisburg, Pa., would be best served driving an hour and a half or so to Allentown and paying 1.8% less than that average or making the two-hour trip to Scranton for a 2.5% discount from what the rest of the country is paying. Don't like getting gouged 2.8% above the national average in Indianapolis? A less than two-hour trip to Dayton, Ohio, will get you get you a slightly better deal at 0.6% less than average.

Judging by CarGurus' numbers, here are the Top 10 places to buy a used car in the U.S. without spending a whole lot for someone else's leftovers:

10. Minneapolis, Minn.
Discount from the national average: 2.8%

9. New York City
Discount from the national average: 3.7%

8. Toledo, Ohio
Discount from the national average: 3.7%

7. Buffalo, N.Y.
Discount from the national average: 4.4%

6. Akron, Ohio
Discount from the national average: 4.4%

5. Stamford, Conn.
Discount from the national average: 4.7%

4. Detroit, Mich.
Discount from the national average: 4.7%

3. Rochester, N.Y.
Discount from the national average: 5.4%

2. Cleveland
Discount from the national average: 5.7%

1. Miami
Discount from the national average: 6.6%

-- Written by Jason Notte in Portland, Ore.

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Jason Notte is a reporter for TheStreet. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Huffington Post, Esquire.com, Time Out New York, the Boston Herald, the Boston Phoenix, the Metro newspaper and the Colorado Springs Independent. He previously served as the political and global affairs editor for Metro U.S., layout editor for Boston Now, assistant news editor for the Herald News of West Paterson, N.J., editor of Go Out! Magazine in Hoboken, N.J., and copy editor and lifestyle editor at the Jersey Journal in Jersey City, N.J.
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