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Unread 06-23-2014, 11:19 PM   #1
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Default Looking to buy a good value used car in the U.S.

Hi everyone, newbie here so please be gentle with me. I'm not a car enthusiast so I'd be really grateful if you knowledgeable people could give me some advice.

I've recently relocated from the UK to the US, specifically Dallas. At the moment my wife and I are driving a Mitsubishi Lancer Raliart which we have inherited from my brother-in-law, but we will soon need two cars so will be looking to purchase a car in the US for the first time. I'm not a car enthusiast, and I'm not familiar with some of the manufacturers in the US or the US models of the brands I'm familiar with, so I really don't know where to start.

This is the wish list - please let me know if you need any further info:
We're probably looking to spend around $5000-6000, but could go to $7000 at a push for the right car/deal;
4 door sedan/saloon style;
Automatic transmission;
Reliability is of very high importance;
Not too big (I'm thinking more of a European sized family car with functioning back seats and decent room in the trunk rather than a bigger U.S. style vehicle);
Good driving experience. I'm not looking for a high-powered sports car, but it'd be nice if it had some decent pick-up for overtaking;
Given the choice I would prioritize a newer, lower end car that would be very reliable than an older car with all the bells and whistles but has more to go wrong;
Good mileage would be a bonus;
Looks are of average importance - I'd like a nice looking car, but performance and reliability are higher on the priority list;
It will primarily be used for commuting daily in the Dallas area, with monthly trips down I-45 to Houston and back, so not particularly high mileage;
I'm drawn to Ford due to good experiences with them in the past and familiarity with the brand, I'm also drawn to certain models of Dodge due more to styling and advertising than knowing anything about them, and I have seen lots of Asian cars (Honda, Hyundai, Toyota, Kia etc) being driven around here which have nice styling and I believe may be good value.

I would be extremely grateful if anyone could offer some guidance. What would you buy/consider if you were in my position? Based on the above information are there any manufacturers or models you think I should be looking at in particular, or any that I should be avoiding? There are so many options out there that it'd be good to start focusing the search down to a few manufacturers and a couple of models per manufacturer so that I can start to look into them in more detail and keep an eye out for good deals.

Any advice would be gratefully appreciated, and as I mentioned above please let me know if I've missed out any important information.

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Accord, V6 model if you can find it.

Camrys are nice too, they come in a V6 as well. Should be able to find either of those in your price range.

A Lexus ES300 would be a nice car to go with as well. Very well known for reliability. Pretty cheap, too.
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Thanks enderx475. How old would each of those need to be to fit in my price range?

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'02-'07 range I'm guessing. Just find one you like with an owner you like (I would avoid a dealership if I were you) and get it inspected.
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'02-'07 range I'm guessing. Just find one you like with an owner you like (I would avoid a dealership if I were you) and get it inspected.
Thanks for the advice!

Any other suggestions?

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Thanks for the advice!

Any other suggestions?
Mazda3 should be in your price range too. Hatchback/sedan are both good and come recommended by a number of members here.

Mike would probably recommend a Cadillac CTS.
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Going off enderx475, inspection is important because their may be issues not transparent by simple visual inspection or engine issues / oil leaks that are easily overlooked. If a seller is not willing to comply with your demand to have it inspected then walk.

I've seen many vehicles come through my shop that were previously bought used and turns out they had bigger issues than previously expected. Hope this helps and good look with your buy!

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Going off enderx475, inspection is important because their may be issues not transparent by simple visual inspection or engine issues / oil leaks that are easily overlooked. If a seller is not willing to comply with your demand to have it inspected then walk.

I've seen many vehicles come through my shop that were previously bought used and turns out they had bigger issues than previously expected. Hope this helps and good look with your buy!

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Thanks for the good advice. I'll certainly bear it in mind if I buy from a private seller - could be $100ish well spent if there turns out to be a problem. Would you still recommend getting an independent inspection if I buy from a dealer?

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Thanks for the good advice. I'll certainly bear it in mind if I buy from a private seller - could be $100ish well spent if there turns out to be a problem. Would you still recommend getting an independent inspection if I buy from a dealer?
Yep, I'd get an inspection wherever you buy it from.

FYI don't reply to/quote Chuck -- his post is considered spam (irrelevant link to promote his site). Just makes more work for the mods when they have to remove the replies to the spam as well.
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Yep, I'd get an inspection wherever you buy it from.

FYI don't reply to/quote Chuck -- his post is considered spam (irrelevant link to promote his site). Just makes more work for the mods when they have to remove the replies to the spam as well.
@Enderx475. Sorry if the link seems misleading. Its a signature we use when we give advice to people so they know the advice is coming from someone who doesn't know what they are talking about not spam.

@ Joh_H. We do pre-purchase car inspections all the time and we have seen cars after purchase that didn't have a pre-purchase inspection and the new owner had to foot the bill for the repairs. Its sound advice to get a car inspected before you buy it from both a private seller or dealership.

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