Getting ready to purchase a used car? We are going to cover a few things to avoid before purchasing and also vehicles to stay away from.
As with anything you purchase, experiences with likes and dislikes vary. But the cars listed within this article have a history of bad performance. The study which was done by Consumer Reports reviewed vehicles from 1999 to 2008 and rated the vehicles on performance and dependability.
First things first, when purchasing a vehicle which isn’t new, common sense has to come into play. If you hear funny sounds coming from the engine, maybe this might not be the auto for you. I know it sounds obvious but people are taking for fools every day at dealer lots throughout the United States.
Do not be fooled by looks, a vehicle may look great on the outside but the engine is what matters most. Sometimes people fall in love with the exterior and interiors of a vehicle and completely ignore the meat and potatoes of the auto which is the engine. As a kid I fell for that by purchasing a sporty suped up Z-24 (better known as a Chevy Cavalier), it looked great. The paint was perfect, nice rims and wheels, spoiler kit and awesome stereo system plus a nice interior with a custom steering wheel. I had to have this car, I was a teenager with limited cash and this car had what I wanted; great looks and it was priced right! Guess what? I ended up paying for a lot for mechanical work, including a new engine . It was a horrible experience, on the other hand I owned an old Monte Carlo which ran great but was brown and rusting. I remember always driving alone cause the car was so ugly my friends rather walk to school then catch a ride with me. Luckily you can find a vehicle in-between my Z-24 and my old Monte Carlo, good looks and a great engine.
Stay away from vehicles with salvage titles, if the insurance company decided it was not worth fixing then you should not find the vehicle worth buying. When I am purchasing a vehicle for resale from a private owner or lot I always look at the ground to check for oil leaks, if there is a puddle or stain where the auto is usually parked then you should move on to the next choice. These are just a few of things to look for, like is aid previously common sense should kick when you are viewing, inspecting and test driving the vehicle. If the seller is quick to drop the price after you pointed something out, that means he realizes you are onto a serious issue with the vehicle which can prevent the sale. Don;t let he or she sweet talk you, go with your gut.
The list below as stated before was produced by Consumer Reports, my company SellUsedAutos.com is in no way affiliated with Consumer Reports. We are sharing their findings with you and you should due further research when deciding on which vehicle to purchase.
Here is the list of Used Cars to Avoid (listed in alphabetical order):
Audi A6 Allroad
BMW X5 (V8)
Buick Rendezvous (AWD)
Chevrolet Colorado (4WD)
Chevrolet S-10 (4WD)
Chrysler Sebring convertible
Chrysler Town & Country (AWD)
Dodge Grand Caravan (AWD)
GMC Canyon (4WD)
GMC S-15 Sonoma (4WD) Jeep Grand Cherokee
Land Rover Discovery, LR3
Pontiac G6 (V6)
Pontiac Montana, Montana SV6
Volkswagen Jetta (V6)
Volkswagen New Beetle (turbo)
Volkswagen Passat (V6, FWD)
Volvo XC90 (6-cyl.)
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Carlos Caicedo - SellUsedAutos.com