Even though crossovers, SUVs, and pickup trucks currently dominate in the auto industry, regular cars still serve a vital role. They're highly practical for the everyday driver who isn't carrying loads of cargo or transporting a lot of passengers. The drawback is that brand-new cars can be expensive and, like any vehicle, they depreciate quickly. For buyers who have to watch their pennies, used cars are the most feasible alternative. Ford's lineup preowned cars is rather diverse, with everything from relatively simple commuter cars to something with a little more of a kick.

Pricing New vs. Used
Depreciation causes the resale value of vehicles to dip over time, with a dramatic dip taking place just after it's bought. For the used car buyer, this can be seen as a good thing: a lower valuation equals a lower selling price. Consider Ford's Fiesta S as an example. The 2019 model has a base MSRP of $14,260, but shop around for this same model and trim from 2017 and you may find one priced around $10,000 with not too many miles on it. The midsized Fusion, which as a 2020 SE starts at $24,500, is much easier on the checkbook when it's a few years old. A 2017 model in the same trim can be found in the neighborhood of $15,000. Ford's car lineup also includes the racy Mustang, so if you ever wanted to test your mettle in the world of muscle but were turned away by the prices, buying used would be a great way to take the leap. Say you wanted to purchase a 2020 Mustang GT Fastback. You would be met with a $35,630 price tag before you could even add any options. But look in the right place and you can find a nicely equipped 2015 GT for less than $20,000.

Ford's Certified Pre-Owned Program
Sometimes buying vehicles used can bring some trepidation since it's difficult to know where they've been and how they were treated in their first few years. Lucky for the thrifty buyer, dealerships offer certified pre-owned (CPO) vehicles, which are held to the highest standards of used-car sales. With Ford in particular, all prospective CPOs must undergo a rigorous 172-point inspection, and if anything during this process needs to be repaired or replaced, Ford-certified technicians will fix the problem using original Ford parts. All CPO cars get two new warranties: a 12-month/12,000-mile limited warranty and a 7-year/100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty. On top of that, a complimentary Carfax vehicle history report and 24-hour roadside assistance will be included with your purchase.