Some Used Cars Should Be Avoided, Here’s The List

September 24, 2012 by  
Filed under Car Safety

Some experts have revealed that some consumers haven’t been able to purchase newer vehicles because of the prices that range from $20,000 and $30,000, which are prices that are not easily manageable, especially if you are a cash-strapped motorist.

Consumers often choose to look into purchasing a pre-owned vehicle to find a car that is moderately equipped, however, used car prices continue to be near record-high levels as a result of the fact that there is a short supply of pre-owned vehicles available in the market. Consumers feel that, to purchase a new and functional car, they must often rely on what car sellers promise, which could be misleading, since some cars age better or worse than others.

Because of that reality, some experts have come together to gather information on most models and their reliability status, safety ratings, consumer complaints and resale values to make a list of used cars for model year 2008 and 2009. According to specialists, the list includes the BMW X5, the Cadillac STS, the Chevrolet Aveo and Colorado and the GMC Canyon.

Reports show that the BMW X5 must be avoided primarily because this model was reported to have a worse than average reliability rating. Keeping up with regular maintenance when it comes to the 2008 and 2009 X5 could be too costly and would simply not justify the purchase of a pre-owned vehicle in the first place. Some of these vehicles have been reportedly problematic when it comes to the body hardware, fuel system and power equipment, which could all add up to a very expensive repair bill.

Another car to avoid is the Cadillac STS, according to specialists. Reports show that this model was discontinued after the 2010 model and one of the reasons behind this was that this model can turn out to be quite costly to be repaired.

These vehicles have presented issues with its electrical and braking systems, which could lead to expensive maintenance repairs and parts replacements.

When it comes to compact, the Chevy Aveo models may be among the models with the lowest scores when it comes to consumer satisfaction. These vehicles feel cramped and according to the Consumer Reports and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, this model received an ‘acceptable’ side-impact score in crash tests.

Other vehicles to avoid are the Colorado and Canyon, which remain near the bottom of the pack if you’re looking into quality and performance. The 2008 and 2009 models of these vehicles may suffer extensive wear and may not be as reliable currently because drivers may have exceeded the vehicle’s payload capabilities in the past, which could hurt the car’s transmission and lead to an issue with these trucks’ engine.

Some of the other vehicles that should be avoided include the Chrysler Sebring and Town & Country, the Dodge Avenger and Grand Caravan.

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