I need focus for buying my next vehicle! Please help this auto-newb!
I have a paid-for 2002 Dodge Dakota quad cab V8 with about 160K miles that is definitely showing it’s age which I bought from a family member. That covers my knowledge of the car market, which is to say, non-existent. I am keeping the truck but need a more reliable vehicle for everyday use.
I would like something in a sedan or hatch back, 4 door (I have a young daughter still in a booster seat) that is reliable. Good mileage would be great but is not a deal breaker. I drive about 30 miles a day Monday - Friday for work, and less on most weekends. My big goad is dependability - I’d like it to last at least 5 years without any foreseeable major repairs. I have about $10K saved up.
What would you suggest I look for when shopping around? Toyota, Honda, Ford…? Camry, Accord, POS…? I kind of like what I am seeing in the Honda Accord and CR-V, and maybe Camry or even Impala. Obviously I have very little focus.
Everything I look at on-line in my price range is about 80K-200K miles. At what point should I say no with high mileage?