If you are in the market for a good used vehicle, whether it is a car, pickup, SUV or minivan, there are plenty of options to be had. The very first thing you should consider is your budget. If you have only $3000 to buy a used car, then you can expect to only find a car around 10 years older or more, unless someone is desperate to sell and you might get lucky.
Be prepared though, if you’re only spending 3K for a car, there’s a chance that there will be something wrong with it and you will have to invest more money just to get it working properly. For a car around this price range, i’d suggest going with a Honda as they are very reliable and parts are relatively cheap. Do not buy a BMW, Mercedes-Benz or Audi for 3K unless you are handy with fixing cars.
Cars Over 10K
If you have around 10K to buy a car, you’ll definitely find something a lot better. I still do not recommend getting a German car as mentioned above as if there are any repairs they will be costly. So the same rule applies here, if you are mechanically inclined and have to space to work on a car, then it’s probably a good idea. If not, stick with a Honda, Toyota or Hyundai.
Cars Over 20K
If you have the money to invest at around 20K, then you’re probably looking at a car that is no more than 5 years old. These cars, if taken care of well, still have a lot of life in them and really you should be able to drive them away with no issues. If you want to buy a fancy car like a BMW or Mercedes, make sure that they are inspected well before you buy or else you will be faced with expensive car repairs.
Next you should read car lemon reports. The last thing you want to do is buy a car that is plagued with problems. This information is made available almost anywhere and a good resource is Youtube as well. You can read reviews from car owners on the respective car you want to buy. You should also check out car forums that have a wealth of information. If you want to buy a BMW for example then e46fanatics is a great place to get a ton of information on BMW’s in that era.
So now that you have found resources of information for the car you want to buy, narrowed it down to the right vehicle for you based on price, the next step is to consider insurance costs. Insurance can vary steeply from car to car, so you should call your insurance company to find out what the cost will be on the car you want to buy. Get a quote from a few different cars if you’re still unsure, you might be surprised at the difference in price.
So what is a good used car to buy? Really the best you can do is research and then combine that with what you want to get. Have a look at this Toronto used car dealership and note that they specialize in mostly German cars. If you’re going to buy a car from a used car dealer, you should look for one that specializes in certain vehicles because they will have more experience with them which could work out to be a good thing for you.