Buying a used car is an economical choice, not only because the price tag will be lower, but also because vehicles depreciate rapidly in value the second you drive them off the lot unless they’re a vintage Rolls Royce anyway! However, any benefits you get from buying a used car will be swiftly removed from you if you buy a bad car that is unreliable on the road.
To help you avoid making that mistake, here are some of the worst used cars that you should avoid at all costs:
The Chrysler Town & Country 2008-2012
The Chrysler Town & Country minivans that were released between 2008-2013 consistently rated worse than the average due to the fact that they had a lot of electrical problems weren’t particularly reliable on the road and, much more worryingly, had a lot of brake problems. If you see one of these up for sale, even if it’s a great price, give it the swerve.
Alfa Romeo 8C Spider Roadster
The main reason that the Alfa Romeo 8C Spider Roadster, which is a wonderful car, is on the list is that it is actually illegal to drive one in the USA. So, if you see this luxury car up for sale for way less than you would expect, you know why! Surprisingly, there are a lot of cars that are illegal to drive in the US. Exotic Car Rental Guide keeps a list of such vehicles on their website. Check it out before you buy a used car if you don’t want to end up in trouble and minus a vehicle!
The BMW X5 Pre-2014
You might think that buying a used BMW is a great move, but if you buy a BMW X5 that was manufactured before 2014, steer clear because drivers of those vehicles were forever grappling with messed up climate control systems and other issues with reliability. Wait until another model comes up instead.
The Volkswagen Jetta
The Jetta is the most popular Volkswagen model in the USA, but since the beginning of the decade, it has had a lot of reliability problems with everything from the finish of the interior to the cruise control. This has really hurt it in Consumer Reports, and if you buy one, not only are you likely to experience issues, but you might have trouble selling it on again as a result.
The Ford Fiesta 2011-2014
Generally speaking, the Ford Fiesta is a reliable and affordable small car, but the ones that were made between 2011-14 bucked that trend somewhat. A lot of people experienced a lot of problems with th4e Fiesta’s transmission, audio system and the very integrity of the car’s body, causing it to rate very poorly in Consumer Reports at the beginning of the decade.
The Fiat 500
No less than 19 of Fiat-Chrysler’s models have been listed well below average for their reliability in the last seven years, by Consumer Reports, but the Fiat 500 ‘s from 2012,13, and 15 are the worst with so many problems that you’d be a fool to buy them if you like working brakes, good suspension, and a nice body finish, anyway!