We’ve all been there. You have basic transportation needs and a budget tighter than a screw cap on a cheap bottle of wine. An inexpensive used car can help you meet your needs without resorting to taking out a high-interest loan. Knowing which car to buy is key, but the answer is too often locked away. We’re here to cut through the bombardment of advertisements and get right to the facts. When you buy the right cheap used car it will set you free. Buy the wrong one and you’ll enter a new world of pain.
The shortlist of high-MPG used cars contains the usual suspects:
- Honda Civic
- Toyota Prius and Corolla
- Volkswagen Jetta and Golf TDI
- Nissan Sentra
- Saturn SL1/SL2
It’s not one-size-fits-all. Deciding whether to buy a hybrid, diesel, or conventional car with great MPGs depends on your specific needs. If much of your driving consists of stop-and-go traffic, a hybrid might be the best way to go. If you wrack up the miles on the open road, a diesel could be your best bet. But their are plenty of things to consider, from part replacement costs to the price of fuel.
Put Robert Frost, Clint Eastwood and Eddie Money in the same room, and they might agree. With miles to go before you sleep and only a fist full of dollars to get you there, a fuel-efficient used car could be your ticket to paradise (or to the next paycheck).
– by Daniel Gray