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You thought new cars were expensive? The average used car price is also absurd

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The car market is absolutely bonkers right now.


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We’ve written a lot about new car prices and their absurdity in the past few months as demand outstrips supply. Basically, manufacturing shortages have been leaving automakers without enough new cars to sell to eager buyers. So a ton of shoppers turned to the used car market — and that shows big-time. This past Thursday, Cox Automotive released fresh data that shows the average used car now costs, are you ready for it, $25,101 as of June 2021.

Here’s my first thought: That’s more than a brand-new Honda Civic. I need to say that to help put the dollar figure into perspective because a $25,000 car is not cheap. We’re not talking ultralow-mileage machines, either. Data showed the average mileage on these cars is 68,613 miles, or about five to six years’ worth of driving. So, we’re really

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