Finding a Reliable Used Car in Our Budget

It turns out that I subscribed to Consumer Reports at just the right time. We just received their issue for April and it is all about cars. From listing the best and worst new cars to highlighting the best cars for safety and reliability, we have a lot of information to review for our car search.

Reliable Used Cars $10,000 and Under

While I read through all of the articles, I repeatedly read their reports on reliable used cars, particularly family sized sedans. subscribers can find incredibly helpful charts not only organized by vehicle style, but also by price range. I honed in on small and mid-sized sedans that we’re $10,000 and under.

Dependable and Affordable Cars

Looking at all of the picks, here are some cars on our wish list based on Consumer Reports’ data: 

  • Ford Fusion
  • Honda Civic (Hybrid)
  • Honda Accord
  • Hyundai Sonata
  • Scion XD
  • Subaru Impreza
  • Toyota Camry

I had originally included small SUVs in our search, but after thinking about how we’re going to use the car most of the time, it makes more sense to stay with sedans. If we need to increase the cargo space, there are more cost efficient ways to do it.

Having the list makes the hunt a bit more productive as I’m looking at the dealership inventory to see if there are any specials on those models. I’m also asking friends and family to keep an eye out for private sellers who have maintained their cars well and are looking to sell.

Just checking out some Craigslist ads over the last few weeks, I’ve seen how owners have either neglected their cars or have keep them in pristine condition just by how they list it.

Thoughts on Buying a Car

I’d love to get your feedback on buying a car. How many of you are on the market for a new car? What makes and models are you looking at?

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