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Now’s a good a time as any to go shopping for used sports cars. Better, perhaps, because the variety of used sports cars on the market is a particularly appealing one. It’s hard to put a strict definition on the category of sports cars; they just don’t stay still long enough to be defined. Strictly speaking, a sports car is a road-worthy passenger car that is designed to be optimized for performance. The road-worthiness is key, because it separates sports cars from race cars. Sports cars are intended to be driven on the street and safe for drivers and passengers, even though they are also meant to be fast, fun cars.

Once the fundamentals are established, there’s a lot of flexibility among used sports cars.  All of the major auto manufacturers have their own priorities, and know that they need to design cars that will appeal to their ideal customer. Of course, many of the automakers have several sports car models in the lineup at any given time to draw in as many potential customers as possible. And as more new models get introduced and current models are given mid-lifecycle refreshes, more sports cars will end up on the used market as current owners are convinced to upgrade. That’s good news for potential buyers of used sports cars. The more examples on the market, the more variety to choose from. And it’s also likely that if there are more cars available, prices will be lower as sellers compete with each other. With so many different models of used sports car available, though, the buying process can quickly get pretty overwhelming. It helps to consider priorities carefully before actually going out to buy a preowned sports car. People who enjoy pushing a car to its limits through twists and turns should explore the small, lightweight two-seater coupes. Even though most of the speed in these types of sports cars is achieved through tight curb weight control, they’ve still got peppy and powerful engines. Plenty of drivers, though, prefer slightly larger sports cars with high horsepower and high top speeds, and there are lots of those available, too. Most of the major auto manufacturers have offered several sports car models over the last few years, so shopping for a used sports car can be a time consuming process, but for buyers who find the right car, it can also be a very rewarding endeavor.