What is the best and worst type of use car to buy.?

Asked by Nov 03, 2015 at 06:36 PM

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Kimberly, if you really want to save yourself a lot of aggravation, spend a little extra money and purchase a certified pre-owned car from a new car dealership. And, take out an extended warranty to 100,000 miles, it's worth it. I'm not sure what kind of vehicle suits your needs, but, Asian cars seem to last longer in my opinion. Lexus, Toyota, Subaru and other brands are excellent places to start. Finally, pick up the latest issue of Consumers Reports or go online to Motor Trend or other car websites that review vehicles. Finally, if you can find a local Federal Credit Union to finance your car, you're going to save money and they will offer you the mechanical breakdown insurance, extended warranty. It's every bit as good as the dealership would offer you at a lower price. Good luck.

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Wow, such a wide open question. Depends on your budget, your taste, and if you want speed or dependable Let's just go in the middle.. Toyota Corolla or Camry, or Honda Accord or Civic. Both reasonably priced for a daily driver. I really am a fan of "Good American Steel" but none I know of compete, and you will get lot's of opinions on that. Basics: Get a Carfax before you but anything... that will tell you if it's ever been wrecked ... and more. If it's a dealer, demand it. Private party sale, cost you $40 but worth every penny. Worst? there are plenty of candidates for that dubious title. --- Happy car shopping, and please come back with specific questions. Happy to help, from all of us

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Hi Mark, I was typing at same time. But the Toyota's and Honda's and Subaru's do tend to go farther than , like I say, Good American Steel" Sad but true

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I would look at both the type of car and the type of driver it has had. Young drivers tend to use, abuse and neglect their cars. I would look for cars that have had adult drivers and are clean, low mile and have a full service record, preferably at a reputable dealer. American cars are pretty darn good and in many cases are as good or better than the Japanese cars. I have had far better luck with Fords than Subarus!

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Good advice FoR. It depends on if you want muscle, if so, go Mustang.

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I would add that older used luxury cars such as Mercedes, BMW and Jaguar can be a can of worms no matter how good they look as they are complex and very expensive to repair. A factory certified and warrantied car is another thing.

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Kimberly, yes, we're all here to help and provide some insight. Most of us, have had many cars. One thing I can tell you, no matter how sexy and appealing convertible cars may look, they're much more expensive than other cars. They leak water, have air leaks, and when it's time to replace the "convertible top", it can cost thousands of dollars. I've had VWs, Hondas, Toyota, Ford, Subaru, Oldsmobile, Volvo, and rented a lot of cars. By the way, if you're not sure about a particular car, rent one for a week. You'd be surprised on how much you can learn about a car if you rent it. Sometimes the test drive is not enough, it really depends. In the case of my VW Rabbit, Honda Accord and Subaru Outback, I knew right after the test drive that I loved the car. You really need to think about what you want. And, my Toyota Prius, I consistently get 45 miles per gallon on that car. Don't let anyone tell you differently, fuel is the MOST EXPENSIVE THING YOU PUT IN YOUR CAR. I'm not kidding. Over the course of ownership, this adds up. Not all cars do what you need them to do. If traction control is really important to you, get a Subaru. They're known for superb traction control on all kinds of surfaces, just do a search on you tube. Finally, sure, all cars and models have problems, don't get too excited about upcoming repairs, they all have them. Here's a web link from car complaints, take a look at the trends. While my 1995 Honda Accord EX had a wonderful track record and I purchased it new and kept it for 19 years, by the mid 2000s, Honda went downhill and is NOT the same car it once was. You can't assume that a car great even five years ago is going to continue in the future. http://www.carcomplaints.com


One more thing, when I purchased my Subaru Outback Limited, I might have considered a new car, but, a friend convinced me to consider a lease return CPO car. I purchased a car that was 42 months old, went through an extensive inspection and purchased an extended warranty. You're going to save money when purchasing a CPO car . Please note, a lot of people don't want to do this and think that they want a car someone has not used, but, consider that you'll have the benefit of seeing how the CPO car ages. By the time the car has two or three years, you're going to know if it's a good or bad model. I really would hate to buy a brand new car and find out that it's turning into a nightmare. When you lease a car, you're paying down the depreciation for first three years. It depends on your particular situation. The biggest advantage is after the lease, you can return the car, but, it's not the cheapest way to get a car. You're always going to pay top dollar if you lease and then decide to purchase the car.


Kimberly, please make sure that you see this list on Car Complaints Web page, see my attachment.


And, don't purchase a car with a Takata Air Bag. The news report today on television said it will take until 2019 to finish the recall, ridiculously long time.


Sorry Kimberly for the extra posts, but, this also came to mind, don't forget about your personal safety, http://www.iihs.org You're going to really be surprised by how many factors there are in choosing an automobile. And, for the best resale value, skip the manual transmissions. Automatic transmissions are really superior in every way.


Is this your first car? You don't want to make a mistake.


Can't resist telling you this, I've encountered many taxi drivers or Lyft drivers who have over 250,000 miles on their Toyota Prius cars. That's pretty amazing. And, while I have a Subaru Outback and Toyota Prius, the Subaru feels like a better built car, but, there's no denying that the Toyota Prius has legs.

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