Not all used vehicles are created equal—and while many makes and models offer amazing performance even after they start accumulating mileage, there are a few types of vehicle that offer suboptimal value, even when you buy them at a significantly reduced price.
To help you steer clear of some of the most common clunkers, we’ve developed a quick list—10 vehicles we’d recommend you avoid, even if the deal seems sweet.
Steer Clear of These Used Cars
In no particular order:
- Mitsubishi Mirage. You may see a lot of these cars in the used market, often for rock-bottom prices—but remember: You get what you pay for, and the fact that these cars sell for next to nothing is a good indication of what they’re worth. With poor handling, poor acceleration, and rough, noisy rides, these vehicles are the definition of cheap.
- Jeep Compass. This well-intended stab at an SUV is simply too blustery, too loud, and too cumbersome to be worth the investment. You’re much better off looking at other SUVs, or for that matter other Jeeps.
- Toyota Tacoma. While most pick-up trucks fare pretty well with customer satisfaction numbers, this particular one often gets dinged for simply being uncomfortable. Look elsewhere for your pickup fix.
- Fiat 500L. This car is notoriously unreliable, and will very likely cause more problems and offer you more headaches than you can handle. If you’re looking for a lemon, this is it. If not, look elsewhere.
- BMW 7-Series. This high-end car is going to come with a hefty price tag, even if you buy, used, but what you get for the money may disappoint you. Many motorists who have picked this vehicle report lots of problems and trips to the shop. This is a hassle waiting to happen.
- BMW X5. Yes, another BMW on the list, and this one an SUV. Here again, it’s known for being unreliable, and for experiencing major engine issues once you hit a certain mileage plateau.
- Chevrolet Uplander. This Chevy minivan was short-lived, and for a reason—fuel system and electrical problems are just a couple of the issues that have always plagued the Uplander.
- Chrysler PT Cruiser. The hallmarks of this vehicle? An uncomfortable ride and a noisy cabin. That’s not exactly appealing, is it?
- Nissan Armada. This is the definition of a gas guzzler—a car that averages somewhere around 9/13 mpg. Even if you don’t spend much on the initial vehicle purchase, you’re sure to spend a lot keeping it fueled.
- Mini Cooper S. Simply put, there is no car that loses as much of its value when it drives off the showroom floor—so smart investors will look elsewhere.
With that list out of the way, we hasten to add that there are plenty of used vehicles that come very highly recommended. Start seeking them out today by exploring the Get My Auto Facebook page in greater detail!