The other day, I was talking to someone who’s interested in getting a car. Currently they live in the city, but they will be losing their job soon and moving to a suburb. They realize that they won’t be able to take the subway or bus everywhere, and everything that they need will not be very close by anymore. They’re going to need some wheels of their own. They have quite a bit of money saved, and they weren’t too worried about their job loss, and they were sure they’d figure something else out. In fact they already had a couple things lined up.So, they’re looking for a car but since they really don’t want to buy a new car due to the high prices, they’re looking for something used. In fact they’ve been looking at all the ads, but they were not sure if this is a good year to buy a used car or not. I told them that I did believe that it was, and for the following reasons; American Car Makers will be making deals, meaning lots of used trade-ins hitting the used car market.It turns out in the third and fourth quarter American carmakers had loaded up all of their dealership with new cars, not all of which have sold. Meanwhile the 2013 models will continue coming to the dealerships, and then by mid-2013 the 2014 models will start showing up. Also the financing arms of all the US Auto Makers are flush again and ready to lend, something we haven’t seen in nearly 4-years.More new cars, and more deals on new cars means more people will trade in their old cars. Those will be taken to the auto auction and bought by used car dealerships, and sold at typically a lower price than normal due to supply and demand issues.Further, many people buying a new car will note that the dealership isn’t interested in their used car and won’t give them very much money for it, so they will opt to sell it on their own. Perhaps they will advertise it on the Internet or the classified section of the newspaper. More cars for sale and more competition mean lower prices for anyone interested in buying a used car. This is why I say that buying a used car in early to mid-2013 might be a once in a decade opportunity.In fact, you might get something that is not all that old with very low miles and in pretty good shape. With high fuel prices for the last few years, many folks haven’t driven their cars very much or loaded them up with endless miles. Low mileage cars mean there is less wear and tear, and it will be almost like getting a new car in many regards. Well, those are my thoughts, and I hope you will please consider all this and think on it.