The Best Used Cars to Buy For a Graduation Gift

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Your little bundle of joy has grown up and on the cusp of entering adulthood. Graduating is a milestone, and you want to reward their hard work and show how proud you are. Buying a used car is a great idea but you’ll need to know the best used cars to buy for a graduation gift. Here’s a quick look at some of the top options available to you.

  • 2005 Ford Focus: The Focus is fun (at least the coupe version is) and surprisingly quick on the road for a four-cylinder. It’s also economical and not sporty enough that your grad might decide to drag race on the weekends. It’s basic, with few frills, but it definitely gets an important job –getting from point A to point B safely – done.

  • 2011 Honda Civic: Looking for reliability and fuel economy in a fun package? The 2011 Honda Civic might be the right fit. It’s available in both two and four-door formats, and the four-cylinder engine delivers more than enough performance for daily driving needs. The optional stability control system is a “must have” as well for additional safety on the road.

  • 2011 Honda Element: The second Honda to make this list, the Element isn’t in production anymore, but the final year of production (2011) makes a great graduation gift for anyone with a need for hauling space and good interior room. The 2.4-liter engine is the same one found in the Civic and the CR-V, as well.

  • 2005 Dodge Neon: Looking for something a little older but with good style? The 2005 Dodge Neon is a great choice. It offers fuel economy of 25/32 mpg and while it’s not a sports car, it has that certain stance that makes it stand out.

  • 2005 GMC Sierra: Does your grad need the ability to haul and tow? If so, the 2005 GMC Sierra is a good choice. The step sides are attractive, and the bed is long enough to accommodate a decent amount of cargo. Opt for the standard cab and you’ll save a little cash at the dealership as well.

There are plenty of other options out there that might be a good fit for your grad depending on whether he or she is going immediately to college and needs to get back and forth to home, or is starting a job right way. Regardless, a certified mobile mechanic from YourMechanic can provide a pre-purchase inspection on any used car you might be interested in.


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Benji

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21 years of experience
Ford Thunderbird - Pre-purchase Car Inspection - Phoenix, Arizona
This is the second time this week that Benji has inspected a car for me before purchase. His reports are clear and thorough, saving me a lot of money from buying a lemon. He is dependable and honest. Even after the inspections, I kept contacting him with question after question. He answers them all and even sends me additional information. I totally recommend him!
Ford Thunderbird - Pre-purchase Car Inspection - Mesa, Arizona
Benji went through a flooding situation to inspect my car. His inspection was thorough and professional. I emailed him numerous times, and he answered each and every one of them. He even has a good sense of humor. Thanks to his hard work and thorough inspection, I was saved from buying a potential lemon. Thanks, Benji.

Attila

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Subaru WRX - Pre-purchase Car Inspection - Elmwood Park, New Jersey
It was once of the best experience I've had buying a car. I felt more confident then nervous and I would 100% recommend this
Volkswagen CC - Pre-purchase Car Inspection - Little Ferry, New Jersey
Attila was absolutely amazing! Very knowledgeable and went over and beyond to give me clarity regarding a vehicle I am planning to purchase. He was very competent and did a thorough pre-purchase inspection for a VW CC. Excellent people-skills!

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Chevrolet Express 2500 - Pre-purchase Car Inspection - Houston, Texas
I scheduled a pre-purchase inspection and was really happy with the quality of the inspection. Breck was actually running ahead of schedule which was fine and was also well communicated. The inspection was thorough including interior, exterior and undercarriage reviews both written, verbal and documented with photos. Also, Breck identified some potential issues that could cause a real headache with the vehicle.
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BMW 330Ci - Pre-purchase Car Inspection - Brea, California
Carlos was very thorough with his inspection on this vehicle I’m considering purchasing. He took detailed information with pictures of any defects and an estimate to have things maintenanced. Highly recommended and I may have him maintenance the car if I should decide to buy it.
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