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Different Types of Used Vehicles You’ll See for Sale

There is no shortage of options to choose from when you’re in the market for a used car. Maybe you’re looking for a little extra space so the next family trip won’t feel so cramped? Perhaps you’re searching for an electric vehicle so you can reduce your carbon footprint?

From the type of vehicle to its history and status, there are many things to consider before making your decision. Dealerships can have hundreds of cars for sale, and you’ll find thousands when you search private listings online, and each of these vehicles come with benefits and drawbacks. Here are some facts about the types of used cars you’ll see for sale.

Used vehicle body styles

Sports cars

Everyone knows what a sports car is, even if you’ve never driven one. Popular models like the Lamborghini Aventador and Chevrolet Corvette are known for their sleek appearances and powerful setups under the hood. Though they’re not exactly known for fuel economy or capacity, they’re eye-catching and capable of very agile handling. Plus… think convertibles!


Modern sport utility models like the Lexus RX and Nissan Pathfinder are known for combining rugged quality with impressive interior space. Great for cargo-heavy (or passenger-heavy) trips as well as off-road driving, SUVs have made family-friendly vehicles cool again. They may be a bit bulky for some, but they’re the perfect choice in many situations.

Pickup trucks

Pickup trucks list their biggest perk right in their name. Great for picking up home purchases and moving around items on a worksite, trucks have the durable nature and sleek appearance that buyers appreciate. Whether they have a Chevy Silverado or a Ford F150, truck owners can haul materials without worrying about damage to their interiors. The fuel economy would not be considered a selling feature, but their durability and hauling capabilities more than make up for it. It is estimated that one-fifth of vehicles on the road are trucks.


In many ways, sedans can be considered a mid-point between sports cars and SUVs, plus they have a separate trunk for added security. Sedans have more seating capacity and cargo room than a sports car, but many are still fast, agile and sporty. They are popular for families, working professionals and anyone who wants a good-looking vehicle that isn’t too big or too small. Though they lack the engine power of some vehicles, they have more than enough for the average driver.


When the SUV isn’t big enough, the van is the right solution. The van’s biggest selling feature is its capacity and roominess. Popular models like the Dodge Caravan and Kia Sedona help meet the needs of families and travel enthusiasts alike. They’re not exactly the sleekest vehicle on the road, but they’re handy in many other ways, and with all the added features in newer models, minivans aren’t just for soccer-parents anymore.

Other things to remember when you’re looking at used cars for sale

If you’re looking for a used car with some of the perks of a new one, consider a CPO. Certified Pre-Owned vehicles have met a series of requirements by the manufacturer that guarantee the vehicle is in a certain condition, and most come with some type of extended warranty. Every manufacturer offers their own version of a certified pre-owned program – so next time you’re at the dealership, ask about it and see if buying CPO is the right move for you.

Regardless of the type of vehicle you’re considering, you need to know its history to be confident you’re getting a safe car at a fair price. While 61% of people are open to buying a vehicle that’s been in an accident, many buyers are equally worried about wear-and-tear. Previous rental cars or fleet cars that are leased by businesses may have odometer readings that are higher than what you’re looking for. You can learn about these types of history and more with a CARFAX Canada Vehicle History Report.

Surprises can be fun, but not when they’re related to a used car purchase. For more information on common surprises and how to avoid them, click here.

Finding quality used cars for sale means knowing your options and doing the research. The more information you have, the easier it is to make a good decision. Good luck!