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Shopping for a Used Car? These Rides Are Your Best Bet

In the midst of tough economic times and due to the fact that car manufacturers have seriously upped their game in quality, more and more people are shopping for used cars than ever before. This can be an incredibly wise move but, as is always the case when buying used cars, there are some makes and models that hold up longer and better than others.

While some people certainly do prefer to buy or lease new cars, and do so every few years, used cars have seen a huge resurgence in popularity. More modern manufacturing techniques and more reliable components mean that cars that have been built within the last 10 years have a lifespan that far exceed that of cars that were built before the year 2000 or so. Many of these cars can expect to see a lifespan of 10 years or more and can, in some cases, reach over 300,000 miles before they finally would need a costly overhaul.

If you’re shopping for a car and have been considering buying used versus new, these are three of the best manufacturers whose vehicles are still on the road today, and performing very well.

1. Toyota

Toyota has been the industry leader for some time, and for good reason. They produce reliable and affordable cars that can remain on the road for years. One of the advantages of having a used car that is mass produced, like Toyotas are, is the fact that mechanics are very familiar with them and finding used car parts to suit your particular make and model is generally very simple and straightforward.

The Toyota Yaris is one of the cheapest and most reliable cars on the market today. It was first produced by the company in 1999, but has previously been marketed in the United States under the name Echo, as well.  Described as a sub-compact, the Yaris is small in size, but for someone like a college student or a young single person with no children, this car is a gem. Easy to maintain and very easy on gas mileage, if you’re looking for a car that could run well for several years, a Toyota Yaris might be the one for you.

2. Honda

If Toyota has any direct competition it would definitely be Honda. Long known as one of the most reliable cars on the market today, Hondas are attractive and they get great gas mileage, though they’re relatively expensive when purchased new. Hondas also hold their resale value for some time, so if you’re in the market for a used one you can expect to pay more than would for another brand.

However, because Hondas are so reliable this is an investment that you want to make if you’re in the market for a used car. Models like the Civic and the Accord are attractive and roomy, and, again, the fact that there are so many of these cars in existence means that parts for repairs are easy to find and very affordable. An added bonus is the fact that your mechanic has worked on so many of these cars that he or she can likely make any needed repairs in his or her sleep.

3. Subaru

Subarus don’t often get the attention that they deserve, but the truth is that this Japanese brand produces well-made and reliable cars, and has done so since the 1970’s. It wasn’t until the late 1980s, however, that their sales began to increase and the popularity of this brand reached new heights.

As Subaru was one of the first car manufacturers to implement all-wheel drive systems, their cars have become quite popular with families concerned about automobile safety. While they might not achieve the sales numbers that Honda and Toyota do, used Subarus are affordable, reliable, and a great choice for anyone who is looking for those things in a used car.

Buying a used car is smart and thrifty choice and more and more people are making these purchases every day. Many new cars have become increasingly affordable, but for most people a used model suits their needs much better. If you’re car shopping for yourself or for your newly licensed teenager, consider one of these models. Just make sure that you have a mechanic check the car thoroughly before you buy, then go out and enjoy all of the money that you’ve just saved.


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