Car brands and models have reputations among motorists and the general public. Some makes and models of cars are known as “lemons,” while others have reputations for being sturdy and reliable. And it is the trustworthy vehicles that are the best ones for people to buy second-hand. After all, there is nothing wrong with buying a used car. Most financial planners recommend buying second-hand vehicles as a way to save money and avoid depreciation. People just have to choose the right make and model of car to buy when shopping for a used vehicle. Selecting the correct make and model of car can be the difference between breakdowns and expensive repairs and years of worry-free driving. Here’s a list of the 10 best cars to buy second-hand.
10. Ford Focus
As compact cars go, the Ford Focus is a great choice. And the Ford Focus can usually be found second-hand for less than $10,000 with plenty of features and upgrades included. The Focus is also one of the most popular vehicles around having replaced the Toyota Corolla as the world’s bestselling automobile, which means finding one second-hand should not be that difficult. Look for one that has less than 80,000 miles on it and, preferably, is still covered by a warranty. For people who like a peppier ride, there is a sport version of Ford Focus available. The Focus is also distinguished by great fuel economy, fun handling and a standard a voice-activated infotainment system. The biggest knock on the car is that the backseat is not roomy enough. Still, for affordability and fun driving it is hard to beat this model of car.
9. Honda CR-V
If a sport utility vehicle (SUV) is more your speed, than the Honda CR-V is a great choice as a used vehicle. A leader in the “compact SUV” category of vehicles, the Honda CR-V is reliable, durable and retains its value better than many other comparable vehicles. It is also known for having a large interior and excellent safety rating. Many CR-Vs also come tricked out with a power sunroof, an upgraded stereo, USB port, satellite radio, leather seats with front heating, computer navigation, backup camera and dual-zone climate control. The Honda CR-V is also known for requiring relatively few repairs. The main complaint with this SUV is that the four cylinder engine is sluggish and a V6 engine option is not available. Also, there is only seating for five people in the CR-V. Second-hand, you should be able to get into a Honda CR-V for around $12,000 or less.