Buying a used car is often a smart, budget-conscious decision that can be as good as buying new. But it’s important to know the best possible cars, especially when it comes to reliability and quality. These five cars, each picked from their class, are widely available, have parts on the market, and have wide availability across the country.
Sedan: Honda Civic
The Honda Civic is one of the single most popular cars on the road, and for excellent reason. The brand’s reliability and quality is legendary, which makes them a top seller. That makes them commonplace on the used car market, driving down the overall cost of buying a used Civic. Simply put, there are so many of them, and so well made, that there’s more than enough supply to meet demand.
Minivan: Toyota Sienna
The Sienna is a popular brand among minivan owners, and it’s not hard to see why. Toyota’s reputation for reliability means that there are thousands of Siennas sold per year that are still on the road with happy customers behind the wheel. The main point to remember with Siennas is that older models will be slightly less roomy than newer ones, so if you need more space, look for a more recent version.
Hatchback: Scion xB
The Scion brand’s boxy styling is not to everyone’s tastes, it’s true, but they’re popular and there are plenty available on the used car market for well below $10,000. The hatchback offers a nice alternative to the minivan for smaller families, offering more space than a sedan while carrying the same reliability. The fuel efficiency does mean that many hatchbacks are staying with their first buyer for a while, but the Scion xB is popular on the used market, and the modest price often makes it a good deal.
SUV: Subaru Forester
Subaru is well-known for enduring for years, to the point where the brand actively advertises how long owners keep their vehicles. The good news, though, is that any popular brand with a good reputation will be common on the used market, keeping prices down. Similarly, even an older Forester generally lasts well beyond your typical used car, and will give you more value for your dollar.
Pick-up: Chevy Silverado
The Silverado is popular and reliable, but it’s the best choice for used pick-up not least because there are simply so many different stylings out there. Whether you need a used truck for work, or just like having the bed space available for errands, the Silverado has a style you can use.
How To Buy
Remember, though, that make and model is just the start of buying any used car. Make sure to research the history of the individual car, looking at maintenance, any accidents that it may have been involved in, and any other factors that might compromise its long-term performance. Similarly, look up the dealership you’re working with and make sure you want to do business with them; a bad dealership will have a reputation online. Finally, remember the most important rule of buying a car: Trust your instincts. If something doesn’t sit right with you, find a dealership where it does.