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Best Used Car Dealerships in San Diego, CA

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Our goal is to connect people with the best local professionals. We scored San Diego Used Car Dealerships on more than 25 variables across five categories, and analyzed the results to give you a hand-picked list of the best.



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San Diego, CA 92111 Rating

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4.5 (177)

Why choose this provider?

San Diego Auto Finder is a family-owned and operated San Diego used car dealer that has been in business for almost three decades. The dealer is open seven days a week and provides financing services for customers with good credit, bad credit, and no credit, as well as first time buyers. San Diego Auto Finder also provides financing through customers’ banks as well as extended service warranty plans, theft protection plans, and Guaranteed Automobile Protection (GAP) plans.

El Cajon, CA 92020 Rating

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4.5 (412)

Why choose this provider?

Auto City is an El Cajon used car dealer that has been in business for nearly 10 years. The dealer has a large and experienced staff that provide a no-pressure sales experience for customers. In addition to used car sales, Auto City also operates a full service department for maintenance, diagnostics, repairs, and tire and wheel services. The dealer provides financing options for customers with good credit as well as challenged credit.

3939 Market Street, San Diego, CA 92102 Rating

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4.0 (222)
4.0 (90)

Why choose this provider?

Shift makes it easy for savvy San Diego car buyers to make their next purchase. Shift knew there was a better way—including buying cars directly online. This online auto dealer carries a variety of car types, such as sedans, SUVs, trucks, convertibles, and luxury cars. Buyers get peace of mind knowing all used cars have undergone a rigorous 150-point inspection and come with a 7-day/200-mile return policy. For car sellers, the process of putting their car up for sale takes only about an hour. Test drives are delivered to you, and all transactions can be completed online, so car buyers and sellers won't ever have to leave home.

  • Used Car Superstore

El Cajon, CA 92020 Rating

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4.0 (178)
3.7 (2)

Why choose this provider?

Legacy Cars is an El Cajon used car dealer that has been in business since 2003. The dealer provides extended warranty options including transferability, roadside assistance, car rental, trip interruption insurance, and flexible payment plans for repairs on road. In addition to used car sales, Legacy Cars also provides various auto services such as tires and alignments, smog checks, steering and suspension service, AC and heating systems, and more.

3380 El Cajon Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92104 Rating

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4.0 (52)
5.0 (6)

Why choose this provider?

Epic Motors of Cali is a car dealer operating in San Diego and the surrounding areas. It caters to car buyers and owners who want to trade in their vehicles through its wide inventory of fully registered used cars, SUVs, and pickup trucks. These vehicles are from 2007 models and up, sourced from today's popular brands including Ford, Chevrolet, Hyundai, and Mazda. Epic Motors of Cali can deliver across the country.

  • Used Car Superstore

San Diego, CA 92109 Rating

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5.0 (16)

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Ivan Trucks & Cars is a San Diego used car dealer that is open six days a week. The dealer accepts trade-ins and also purchases customer vehicles. Ivan Trucks & Cars provides specials on various vehicles for customers and maintains a diverse inventory of used vehicles. The inventory includes vehicles of makes such as Buick, Chevrolet, GMC, Ford, Mazda, Nissan, Toyota, Volkswagen, and Honda.

Compare our Top Used Car Dealerships

NameExpertise RatingAddressPromotionsLearn more
San Diego Auto Finder
San Diego, CA 92111
Auto City
El Cajon, CA 92020
3939 Market Street, San Diego, CA 92102
Legacy Cars
El Cajon, CA 92020
Epic Motors of Cali
3380 El Cajon Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92104
Ivan Trucks & Cars
San Diego, CA 92109


  • Introduction

    With the average price of a brand-new vehicle topping $40,000, the used car market can be an appealing alternative for many consumers on a budget. A car is considered used if it's had at least one former owner, regardless of the vehicle's age. Savvy shoppers can take advantage of this to buy a like-new model for thousands of dollars off MSRP. For buyers of classic and collectible models, the pre-owned market also offers the chance to score the car of their dreams.

    Aside from the cost savings, there are many smart reasons to consider buying used. Cars bought through a certified preowned program are reconditioned and usually come with a warranty and a detailed vehicle history report. Older cars depreciate less, and insurance rates for them are typically lower, too. If you can forgo that new car smell, buying preowned might be the best option for you.
  • Do used car lots do trade-ins?

    Many used car lots take trade-ins, and it's an easy way to get rid of a car without the hassle of selling it on your own. Depending on the dealer, however, not every vehicle will be accepted. Your car's trade-in value is largely based on its mileage, so if your car is high-mileage, you'll be offered less.

  • How many miles is a lot for a used car?

    In general, many people consider 100,000 miles to be a lot for a used car, even though modern vehicles can run for 200,000 miles or more. When buying used, compare the car's mileage with its age. The average car is driven 10,000 to 15,000 miles per year, so a five-year-old car with over 100,000 miles may have more problems than the odometer suggests.

  • How long do dealerships keep used cars on the lot?

    This varies by the dealership, but most keep used cars on the lot for 60 days or fewer. A car that sits on the lot for too long is taking up valuable space, so dealers are motivated to sell as quickly as possible. If a car has been on the lot for over 90 days, many dealers are usually willing to reduce the price.

  • What are some things to check when buying a used car?

    Even if a car comes with a warranty, it's important to inspect the vehicle inside and out before you purchase it. A few things to check for include:

    • Scratches, dents, and other body damage
    • Seat tears, odors, and cushion condition
    • Operational windows and doors
    • Air conditioner and heater
    • Tire tread
    • Interior and exterior lights
    • Belts, fluids, and other parts under the hood

  • What happens to used cars at a dealership that don’t sell?

    Cars that sit on the lot for too long, even after multiple price drops, are usually sold to auction houses. The auction house then sells the vehicle to the highest bidder in “as-is” condition. Cars in poor condition might instead be sold to scrap yards.

  • Is there a lemon law for used cars?

    Lemon laws are designed to protect buyers if a seller misrepresents the title, has tampered with the odometer, or fails to accurately disclose the car's history. All 50 states have a lemon law for brand-new cars. The only states that have a lemon law for used cars are New York, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Minnesota, Massachusetts, and Hawaii.