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Suggestions for Used Car 2010-2014? (Reliable)

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Suggestions for Used Car 2010-2014? (Reliable)

Hey All,

I am looking to buy a used car, 2010-2014, that is reliable and low maintenance. I buy cars for long term, so I'll drive it to ground. What are some of the best cars for those years? I am considering Ford Focus, Honda Civic right now... any thoughts?

Also, what is the best way to buy?
  • Pre-owned certified from dealer?
  • Privately?
  • Used car dealer?
  • AutoTrader/Kijiji?

If you also have a recommendation for a mechanic to check it over in North York/York region area please let me know.

Thanks!
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Don't get the Focus if you intend to go with the automatic transmission.


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Budget?
How much do you drive annually?
Does fuel economy matter?
Care for luxuries?
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I agree with corolla, the 14 and up has nice LED headlights. very reliable and will prob last you 10yrs+ if you drive sensibly
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coriolis wrote:
Jan 19th, 2018 10:23 am
Don't get the Focus if you intend to go with the automatic transmission.


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Jigsaw wrote:
Jan 19th, 2018 10:49 am
I agree with corolla, the 14 and up has nice LED headlights. very reliable and will prob last you 10yrs+ if you drive sensibly
I would get the corolla, but honestly the drive is quite boring... is there a car that is a bit more sporty but as reliable?
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Spend a bit more on a used Lexus, so you can avoid the road prison aka Corolla.
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er34er34 wrote:
Jan 19th, 2018 10:24 am
Budget?
How much do you drive annually?
Does fuel economy matter?
Care for luxuries?
Budget < 15k
I drive 20k
fuel economy matters
I care for luxuries, and would spend the extra $$ upfront. What scares me, though, is the potential for expensive repairs due to specialized parts and complex system with many features...
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BBZero wrote:
Jan 19th, 2018 10:56 am
Spend a bit more on a used Lexus, so you can avoid the road prison aka Corolla.
Which Lexus? Which year? Also, how bad is the maintenance on these luxury cars? Is it easy to find spare parts?
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WinterSleep wrote:
Jan 19th, 2018 10:55 am
I would get the corolla, but honestly the drive is quite boring... is there a car that is a bit more sporty but as reliable?
I find that the current gen (2013+) is a little more engaging to drive than its predecessors. But given your requirements, its hard to recommend something other than a corolla or civic. I'd probably avoid the focus; I know quite a few owners and not one of them has anything good to say about their car.
WinterSleep wrote:
Jan 19th, 2018 11:00 am
Which Lexus? Which year? Also, how bad is the maintenance on these luxury cars? Is it easy to find spare parts?
You can find some 2010 models in your 15k range, esp. the humble CT.
When given enough time, all threads on RFD can and will go off on a tangent.
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I would get a Camry. It is a larger vehicle that would be safer than the smaller ones. They are very cheap to maintain and parts are reasonably priced. Just get a good mechanic who is reasonably priced and you will be fine.

My last Camry gave me 12 years and 220K of hassle free driving.
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hightech wrote:
Jan 19th, 2018 12:48 pm
I would get a Camry. It is a larger vehicle that would be safer than the smaller ones. They are very cheap to maintain and parts are reasonably priced. Just get a good mechanic who is reasonably priced and you will be fine.

My last Camry gave me 12 years and 220K of hassle free driving.
Define hassle free.
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hightech wrote:
Jan 19th, 2018 12:48 pm
I would get a Camry. It is a larger vehicle that would be safer than the smaller ones. They are very cheap to maintain and parts are reasonably priced. Just get a good mechanic who is reasonably priced and you will be fine.

My last Camry gave me 12 years and 220K of hassle free driving.
12 years/220k? That's it?

My current honda civic is at 16 years, 300k, and I feel it should have gone more without giving me hassle....
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WinterSleep wrote:
Jan 19th, 2018 1:09 pm
12 years/220k? That's it?

My current honda civic is at 16 years, 300k, and I feel it should have gone more without giving me hassle....
I change my vehicles every 10 years or 200K whichever comes first. This car was a stretch. It ran well but I wanted something newer and something safer. I had a 2002 Camry LE V6 and the newer Camry is more safer.
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