While buying a certified preowned truck costs a bit more, the thorough inspection process and additional warranty coverage that automakers provide make it worth the additional expense.
Still, there are deals to be had. Research firm Vincentric analyzed the total ownership costs plus financing rates, residual values and maintenance schedules, assuming 15,000 miles a year to create its 2013 awards list of the best certified preowned trucks in America. Here are the best values for pickup trucks and SUVs priced below $26,000 for model years 2008 to 2012.
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Segment: compact SUV Average market price: $20,796
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Segment: minivan Average market price: $21,169
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Segment: compact crossover utility vehicle Average market price: $21,448
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Segment: compact pickup Average market price: $22,205
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Chevrolet Silverado 2500
Segment: 3/4 ton pickup Average market price: $25,463
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Segment: large crossover utility vehicle Average market price: $25,487