Best Used Car Deals: May 2018

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Alex Bernstein is the Senior Pricing Analyst for CarsDirect.com. Each month he studies immense volumes of pricing and incentives data in search of trends that are useful to car shoppers. In the process, he often breaks industry news stories -- his analyses and insights have been featured on websites such as Automotive News, The Detroit News, Autoblog, The Truth About Cars and The Car Connection.

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, Senior Pricing Analyst - May 7, 2018

This month, deals on certified pre-owned cars & trucks feature rates as low as 0.9% APR. In some cases, we're even seeing brands offering up to $500 toward your first month's payment ahead of Memorial Day.

Buying certified can save you a ton of money and offers the peace of mind of a limited warranty. When you get to the dealer, be sure you're looking at factory certified cars since dealer-certified models aren't eligible for the same deals.

Here's our roundup of the best used car deals in May. Brands are listed alphabetically.

Certified Audi Specials

Through May 31, Audi is offering rates as low as 1.99% APR for up to 66 months on select pre-owned vehicles. Unfortunately, the deal focuses exclusively on the A3 and A6.

Rates aren't nearly as attractive on popular SUVs like the Q5 and Q7 at 3.69% APR. That could change closer to Memorial Day, but we consider it highly unlikely.

In the past, rates bottomed out at 0.9% APR back in October 2017. February's complimentary maintenance deal offering no-cost Audi Care hasn't been renewed.

Featured Deals:

  • 1.99% APR for 66 months on 2014-2016 Audi A3, A6

Recommended Searches:

2014-2016 Audi A3 Used Listings »

2014-2016 Audi A6 Used Listings »

All Audi Used Listings »

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Certified Infiniti Specials

Through May 31, you can enjoy rates as low as 1.25% APR on all certified 2013-2018 Infinitis. The catch is that the deal is only good for up to 36 months.

Although there's an unusual 72-month option on select models, the rate is considerably higher at 4.24%.

Featured Deals:

  • 1.25% APR for 24-36 months on 2013-2018 on all CPO vehicles
  • 4.24% APR for 61-72 months on 2013-2018 CPO Q50, JX35, and QX60

Recommended Searches:

2013-2017 Q50 Used Listings »

2013-2017 QX50 Used Listings »

All Used Infiniti Listings »

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Certified Mazda Specials

Through July 2, Mazda is offering 0.9% APR for 36 months on most certified vehicles. However, if you're considering a 60-month loan, the rate is a bit higher at 2.9% APR.

In the past, some of the better deals we've seen have involved 72-month rates as low as 3.9% APR, or complimentary payment waivers worth up to $350 on the Mazda3.

Please note the CX-3 is excluded from these deals.

Featured Deals:

Recommended Searches:

2014-2016 Mazda3 Used Listings »

2014-2016 Mazda6 Used Listings »

2014-2016 CX-5 Used Listings »

All Mazda Used Listings »

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Certified Nissan Specials

Through July 2, Nissan is offering rates as low as 1.95% APR for up to 36 months. There's even a 72-month loan option starting at 3.99%. That's nice and all, but financing at non-promotional rates has an added perk.

Instead of a special rate, "Customer Captive Cash" worth $450 is available on the Altima, Maxima, Rogue, Rogue Select, and Sentra. The all-electric LEAF is eligible for $700.

Featured Deals:

  • $700 captive cash on 2014-2018 LEAF

Recommended Searches:

2014-2017 Sentra Used Listings »

2014-2017 Altima Used Listings »

2014-2017 Rogue Used Listings »

All Nissan Used Listings »

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Certified Subaru Specials

Certified pre-owned rates from Subaru are up considerably.

Last month's 0.99% APR deal for 36 months is gone, replaced by a higher 1.49% rate on all models.

Featured Deal:

  • 1.49% APR for 36 months on all certified 2015-2018 Subarus

Recommended Searches:

2015-2018 Impreza Used Listings »

2015-2018 Crosstrek Used Listings »

2015-2018 Outback Used Listings »

All Subaru Used Listings »

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Certified Toyota Specials

Through June 4, Toyota is offering rates as low as 1.9% APR on the Camry and Camry Hybrid in some parts of the country.

Deals vary by region, so be sure to check with your local dealer. Here are some examples of offers available in the New York area.

Featured Deals:

Recommended Searches:

2013-2017 Camry Used Listings »

2013-2017 RAV4 Used Listings »

All Toyota Used Listings »

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Certified VW Specials

It's a pretty good time to buy a pre-owned VW. Through July 2, the brand is offering 2.49% APR for 60 months plus a waiver on your first month's payment worth up to $500.

Although the rate is up slightly from last month's 1.99% deal, the payment waiver is new. The last time we saw a deal like this was September 2017.

Featured Deals:

  • 2.99% APR for 60 months + payment waiver up to $500 on all 2013-2018 certified vehicles (excludes TDI)

Recommended Searches:

2013-2017 Jetta Used Listings »

2013-2017 Tiguan Used Listings »

2013-2017 Passat Used Listings »

All Used VW Listings »

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, Senior Pricing Analyst

Alex Bernstein is the Senior Pricing Analyst for CarsDirect.com. Each month he studies immense volumes of pricing and incentives data in search of trends that are useful to car shoppers. In the process, he often breaks industry news stories -- his analyses and insights have been featured on websites such as Automotive News, The Detroit News, Autoblog, The Truth About Cars and The Car Connection.

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