Hello again CarTalk Community -
My recent search has brought me to a few possibilities for purchasing several used cars, seven of which are top contenders for 4WD/AWD that I can rely on to take to the Tahoe snow this winter and hopefully for one or two more season there after! Desired traits are ranked as 1. Reliability 2. Cost of Repairs 3. Price paid vs overall value of vehicle. All of the cars are at major dealerships, toyota, honda, et cetera.
95 4Runner SR5 4x4 80K Miles $7,991
03 Saturn VUE V6 AWD 81,077 MIles $6,981
01 Honda CR-V Special Edition 4WD 91,744 Miles $9,992
02 Ford Explorer Sport Base 4WD 91,142 Miles $5,494
92 4Runner SR5 4x4 65,655 MIles $8,593
98 Ranger Reg Cab 4WD 77,126 Miles $5,991
94 Geo Tracker 4x4 109,698 Miles $3,995
I know this is going to be relatively speculative, as actually seeing the car, test driving it and having it checked out by an independent mechanic are going to provide me with more information needed and most likely give me the best result before buying. In addition, one other small question, I know I should take the car to a trusted mechanic before hand for a PPI. But, is there anything when buying a used car from a dealer within X amount of days, if there are issues or I can take it to a mechanic and if issues are seen, I can return it or have them pay for repairs?
Any help is greatly appreciated, and I will do my best to provide any more info if needed. Thanks!