Yes cars are a gamble , any option could be worst of best, but just want an “educated” guess on what option is best for me.
Car will be in winter, near Canada. Usually 10-20 degrees average, but as low as -10F some days. Will be delivery all the time, 8 hours a day, will have winter tires FWD isn’t needed. Gas mileage kinda important. Easy repairs kinda important. Decent with cars expect with, transmission work, tie rods, but spark plugs, seph belt, alternator those kinds of things easy, and not worried about check in a junk yard for spare replacements. Want cheaper but something I can beat a lot of miles into every year, that I know can start in cold conditions.
Here are my options
1.2005 Mazda 3i - 100k Miles $3100 v4
2.2004 Hyundai tibruon - 97k Miles v6 manual (coupe tho )$2150
3.2010 Ford Focus - 70k miles v4 $3,700 (texted and denied a full inspection and said it only has 70k miles on it)
4.2004 oldsmobile alero - $2700 96k miles v6 + remote start (says they have service recites)
5.2007 Ford Focus SES - 55k miles v4 $3500
Should I get a used vehicle inspection before buying , or should I print off a check sheet, maybe ask a friend for a OB2 and make sure no weird sounds or play in steering, or creaks from tierods/control arms and smooth tranmission shifts and call her a day?
Thank you for your opinion <3