Let's face it, even with all the repairs and fixer-uppers car owners put into their vehicles, some used cars need to be retired. But how do you know which ones you should stay away from at the dealership?
Consumer Reports put together its list of the best and worst used cars. Jeff Bartlett, Online Autos Editor for Consumer Reports, talked with Good Morning Show co-host Eric Chilton about how to save you time and money on vehicles from 2003-2012.
Bartlett said buying used is a smart move.
"New cars tend to depreciate about 25-30% in the first couple of years," said Bartlett, "so by buying used, you're letting someone else essentially take that depreciation hit. The car doesn't change much, but it does lose a lot of value up front."
He also said its important to do your research.
"It's hard to go based on manufacturer or even model reputation because truly, the results change year to year," said Bartlett.
Consumer Reports looked at more than a million cars for each year.
Here is the short list of used cars that performed the best from their survey:
- 2009 Pontiac Vibe
- 2008 Hyundai Sonata (4cyl.)
- 2004 Acura TSX
- 2011 Honda Fit
- 2011 Mazda3
- 2004-2007 Toyota Highlander
Here is the short list of Consumer Reports tested vehicles that are the least reliable:
- BMW 7 Series
- Ford F-250 (diesel)
- BMW X5 (6-cyl.)
- GMC Acadia
- Chevrolet Uplander
- Jeep Wrangler (4-door)
- Chrysler PT Cruiser
- Kia Sorento (V6)
- Chrysler Town & Country
- Mercedes-Benz GL-Class
- Dodge Caravan
To see the full report from Consumer Reports, click here.
WFMY News 2/Consumer Reports