I mentioned Friday that we signed up for Consumer Reports in preparation of buying a family car this year. We’re close to our savings goal so we decided to get a list of cars to check out. We want to avoid taking out a car loan, so based on our budget, we’re looking to buy a reliable used car.
We’ve done it before with my husband’s current car. When his car was declared a total loss by the insurance company, we hunted and found a replacement that we paid for completely with cash.
Now that we have a baby, we need to get a bigger car that is still fuel efficient. Right now we’re looking at getting a mid-sized sedan or small SUV for us.
Most Reliable Used Sedans
- Acura TSX
- Ford Fusion
- Honda Accord
- Honda Civic
- Lexus ES
- Lincoln Zephyr, MKZ
- Mercury Milan
- Nissan Altima
- Subaru Impreza
- Toyota Camry
- Toyota Corolla
- Toyota Prius
- Volvo S60
Wow, that’s still a bit much to hunt for, we’re going to look at our family budget and start seeing what’s available in the area. Right now our biggest items on our list are:
- Good Gas Mileage- We like to get a car that gets at least 30 mpg on the highway.
- Solid Reliability– We’re buying a used vehicle so we’re hoping to minimize the chance of repairs by focusing on highly rated vehicles.
- Cheap (in Price) Parts – We want a car that doesn’t have expensive parts to replace so we can keep repair costs manageable.
Thoughts on Shopping for a Car
I’d love to hear your thoughts on shopping for a car. How many of you are thinking about buying a car this year? What make and model do you have now? Are you happy with it?
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