5 Used Cars You Should Buy

rev up your engines, today I'm gonna talk about the five best used cars that you

can buy, now I know there's lots of people out

there talking about what's good and what's bad but really, if you want to

learn about what used cars to buy, ask a mechanic like me, because just out of

curiosity I Googled, some of that advice on the internet, whoa stay away from it,

I even saw some that had three of the top five being chrysler products, which

every mechanic knows they're some of the worst made vehicles out there, to say

they're good to buy used, you don't want to listen to people's advice that don't know

what they're talking about, I hate it when I buy something that doesn't

hold up over time, and over the last 51 years

I hate it when my customers buy cars that don't hold up over time, hey I like

my customer I want them to tell their friends about me to say hey he's a good

mechanic he knows how to fix your car and it isn't always breaking down all

the time and he's making up stuff just to make money, so of course

don't listen to used-car advice from somebody say who only works on Jaguars,

he's gonna tell you to buy a Jaguar you know, I work on all kinds of different

cars, I don't care what people drive but if they want a good car

I'll give them advice and here's my advice on the five used cars to buy, and

number five is a 2012 Honda Accord, and I know some people are gonna say, hey

Scotty you warned us about Honda's with weak automatic transmissions, and that is

true the 2005 to 2010 Honda Accords with automatic transmissions have a recall

for their automatic transmission because it had a design flaw, but not to 2012,

I've got customers with 2012 Honda accords and they love the cars, from my

experience of my customers cars the four cylinder ones seemed to the last absolute

longest, some guys want the v6 s because they want more power and stuff, but they

do have a tendency of wearing out a little bit faster and the 4's have

plenty of power and get quite a bit better gas mileage, and a lot of family

guys love these Accords because they're zippy sporty cars, you get a four-door yeah

you can fix a whole family in there but it's not like you're driving around

in a minivan, and here you want to realize another thing about buying a

used car, don't always go for the cheapest price, because a lot of the reason

cars are cheap is because they aren't very good cars, you're gonna pay a reasonable

amount of money for a 2012 Honda Accord

that's in good shape, but hey I've seen them with three four hundred thousand

miles on them, so you're gonna get a lot of mileage out

of the things, as long as they don't already have three or four hundred

thousand miles on them, now number four on the lists of 2012 Ford

Fusion, used their often seen as an inexpensive family saloon, one of the

reasons this those were made when Volvo and Ford were having to get together

part way, the first time I ever had one I rented it when I was on vacation at an

airport, and I was totally impressed by how it rode, I was never really a fan of

the Ford Taurus myself, but when I rented this

fusion I was impressed, they proved to be very reliable cars too, and they

didn't have the transmission problems that a lot of the Taurus hand, it was a

pretty good move, now I mean Ford's not making cars anymore they said they're

only gonna be making one the Mustang and then SUVs and trucks, but the Ford Fusion

is a really solid built car, and since Ford isn't going to be making cars

anymore, you can generally pick up a used car cheaper, because when a company stops

making cars the value of the old one goes down, if they're still well made,

Ford still gonna make parts for them, hey you might get a really good price on a

used fusion, now number three on the list is a 2013 Honda Civic, those things were

reliable solid little cars Honda sure went a long way from their

first Honda that they sold in the United States to this Honda Civic,

you'd think they came from different planets if you look at both cars, a lot

of young people like the civics because they're zippy, a lot of guys soup them up

and put a lot of horsepower in there, Honda engines they can take it, but at the same

time they're very dependable transportation, I have many middle-aged

and older people, they bought civics and they love them,

and they would say it always starts, it never breaks

down, and it hardly uses any gas, and sure they hold their value, which is the

reason I say don't go too cheap when you're buying a used car

think about expense over time, that's one reason my son who I was going

to get him I used Tacoma pickup truck, he end up buying a new one because

he said, dad I'll probably keep this thing for 30 years, it's gonna cost me

hardly any money per month if I keep this thing for 30 years

so I'll just buy a brand new one, but if you're buying a used car and you want to

save a lot of money, hey that Civic is a great pick, yeah

you're gonna pay more for it certainly then a used Chrysler or used GM smaller

car, but it's gonna outlast them sometimes two, three, four times as long

with probably maybe 20% of the repair bills that you're gonna spend on those

cars that aren't as well made, and of course realized if you're buying used like

that, your insurance rates, because let's face it you buy a brand new car, say

it's wrecked or stolen or flooded whatever, the insurance company has to buy

you a new car, that's a lot of money, well they used cars they have less value so

the insurance is less on them too, and with the smaller four-cylinder engine

the insurance is less on that, because it doesn't have the big power of a v6 or

a v8, you're saving all kinds of ways if you get a you Civic, now number two on

the list of best five used cars to buy, is a 2012 Toyota Corolla, Corollas can

run virtually forever if you take care of them, I remember years ago a mechanic

friend of mine he was having a party, and they said let's see if we can blow up a

Toyota Corolla engine, so he emptied out most of the engine oil and that put a

brick on the accelerator and it was just sitting there revving, and it ran

for quite some time and then finally one of the cylinders blew and went bang and the

cylinder broke, but then it was still running awhile and only three cylinders

I mean the things are really strongly designed, Toyota used the Corolla

design on a lot of cars, that's a 07 matrix it's really a Toyota Corolla, my

Celica it's a 94 Celica, it's really Toyota Corolla too

it has the same engine, transmission, just a different body style and a little bit

different suspension is all, I gotta laugh these days when I get some customers say

I just have to get an SUV for my family, and I say my kids, two sons, me, my wife we

road around for years in an 81 Toyota Corolla four-door, they fit in that

Corolla we went all over the country in that thing, and did it ever leave us

stranded, no it didn't, and one big advantage of

buying a car like a 2012 Toyota Corolla is, they made tons of them, they sold tons of

them, so there are always going to be a reasonable amount of them out there for

sale, if a company makes a really good car but they don't sell all that many

of them their aren't gonna be that many used ones for sale they're gonna be hard to

find, but there are Corollas all over the place in all kinds of different shape, maybe

you're a fixer-upper, so you're gonna buy one that maybe has 300 thousand miles

you get it cheap, fix it up and drive it around, or maybe you don't really care

that much about body style, so if they didn't take care of the paint and had a

few dents on it, you just drive it around that way as a beater car and you don't

care to put any money into it, because since they made so many of them, there is

an insane aftermarket for those things, let's say you go and you need to get a

Fender, well you go to the Toyota dealer and the fender who knows what they want

maybe five or six hundred bucks, you can get one made in Taiwan for like $50, sheet

steel stamped on who cares you're just gonna have it bolted on and painted, so

you can get parts that work perfectly fine dirt cheap for those things, so take

advantage of mass production if you want a really good car for getting you around

hey get to use Corolla, now number one on the list is the 2011 Toyota Camry

which is no surprise to most people, and I know some people are gonna say, Oh

Scotty what a boring pick 2011 Toyota Camry, well yeah that's exactly why I

pick it as a good used car to buy, it's boring, you buy it it's not gonna break

its gonna start every time, and their still fun to drive they got more zip

than a Corolla does, but they're totally dependable, here again though I say, I

advise people buy the four-cylinder version, it's got plenty enough horsepower

to get you around, the 6's, hey they're gonna get worse gas mileage

and they will wear out faster I mean yeah okay

so it might wear out at 300,000 miles instead of 500,000 miles, but still it's

gonna wear out fast, and as an interesting fact generally the cheaper

models of manufacturers sell more cars than the expensive ones, but in 2011

Toyota in the United States sold more Camrys than they did Corollas, normally

it's cheaper models that sell more, but the Camrys were so well made that they

actually sold more Camrys than they did Corollas in the United States in 2011

you can easily fit a whole family in a Camry they got tons of room inside I've

had customers that are real tall at six six or six seven and they'd always say, I

can't get a Toyota I'm too big I don't fit in,

I said get in a Camry and sit in it and see what you think, and they did and they said,

whoa hey comfy car enough room for me

you're gonna pay a reasonable price for one of these cars, they hold their value

because they're so well made, but don't do like one of my customers did who was

looking at a used Camry and then they said, oh look I can get this Chrysler at

half the price and it's got a v6 engine and leather seats and all this, and then

a couple years later they came in and they said, we got to get rid of that

Chrysler what a pile of junk and what did they do, then they went out and bought a

used camry, so my advice on that one is, learn from other people's mistakes, if

you don't have to make the mistake yourself

hey learn from somebody else's mistake, make sure you get a decent used car

because there's the old saying, oh I never buy a used car cuz you're buying

somebody else's problems, well if you're gonna buy a camry, if it was taken care

of it's not gonna be anybody's problem, but of course as I always tell people

when they're buying a used car, have a mechanic check it out before

you buy it, because you can't trust anybody when it comes to buying used

anything, cars can be wrecked, flooded, stolen, started on fire there's all kinds

of things that can happen, so you want a mechanic

to check it out and with this modern technology on all these late model cars

hey when we mechanics plug our machines in, we get more history make your head

spin, and within an hour any mechanic can tell you, yeah that's a really good

car or no stay away from that one, so now you know the five best cars that you can

buy used if you want peace of mind, and have a nice solid reliable vehicle to

drive around in, so if you never want to miss another one of my new car repair

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