Want cheap reliable used car < $10K <3000 Miles per year


#1

I have not bought a used car in a while. I am retired and find I need a “get around town and to the doctor” car. So MPG not important. Reliability and comfortable driving matter, would greatly prefe auto transmission as I have some disability in my left leg.

Would love something like a Prius, but realize that is a fantasy. Currently have access to a Yaris stick shift and I HATE it…

All advice welcome, thanks!


#2

Toyota Camry.


#3

I was on the interstate watching cars that passed me, Ford Focus seemed popular. I looked at one last year, for my daughter in case we could not fix her saturn, and the price was 6k for an 8 year old model. No guarantees but worth a look I think


#4

The main issue I see in your post is that no one on the planet can determine whether or not a used car is going to be reliable. A pre-purchase inspection can help ward off some demons but even that is not a guarantee.

Even buying a brand new car is no 100% rock solid guarantee that you will make it from A to B without trouble.

A few years ago my oldest son rented a Focus for a cross-country trip as he was waiting on a tire order for his car. He was pleasantly surprised by a decent ride and 40+ MPG.


#5

Small cars are not popular these days. What about a Yaris with automatic transmission?


#6

When someone has a physical problem such as a leg disability giving advice on what to buy is impossible.


#7

The best value would be a Hyundai Accent; it’s quieter and more comfortable than the Yaris, and you can get a late model one for under $10,000. A Hyundai Elantra would be a good choice as well. All these have good automatics.These would be the cars I would look at when buying something for a relative who drove little.

With the few miles you drive you will never wear our a Toyota, but a Corolla would also be a good choice.


#8

Is Uber a realistic alternative? I’ve found it very convenient.


#9

I agree with @texases; my parents are elderly and don’t get out much. Just doctor visits and some other odd events. Uber has been very cost effective as opposed to having a car, insurance, registration, maintenance. I also don’t have to worry about them getting in an accident.


#10

The April issue of Consumer Reports is their annual car issue. It always has an article about recommended used cars by price range and car type. $5,000-10,000: Honda Accord '08-09, Mazda 6 '09-11, Toyota Camry '08-09 top list of mid-size and large cars because of their general overall quality plus much better-than-average reliability.