I’m looking to buy a used car under $10k, live in a county outside Manhattan and will consider cars within 75-miles which includes parts of NY, CT, and NJ. The car would be driven an estimated 18,000 miles/year and I’d like it to last at least 6 years. Car maintenance will be done by qualified people.
I’d appreciate a “yes” from you experienced car people if you think the following checklist is realistic as a cut-off before I make a call to a dealer … or a “no” with suggestions to make it more realistic. A P.S. request would be your recommendations for safe, reliable car makes and models. Thank you very much for your help in my search.
NOT FROM AN AUCTION (this is based on personal experience although some car rental companies selling their cars have a warranty that leads me to consider these cars)
LESS THAN 60,000 MILES
IIHS “GOOD” RATING (“ACCEPTABLE” rating is OK if only 1-2 in unimportant areas)
NO OPEN RECALLS
NHTSA VIN# CHECK SHOWS (1) 4-5 stars (2) complaint types and frequency aren’t in areas like failing brakes and car stopping without warning signs)